This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American team and their trials in getting to the Olympics in Athens. Written by
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On the morning of the Final of the 800 Meter Run, Edwin Flack also played in the Men's Doubles Tennis Tournament. He and George Robertson placed third. See more »
In an incident similar to the one with an over sized discus, Robert Garrett is seen trying to enter the Olympic Shot Put event with an over sized shot put. In reality, however, unlike the incident with the discus, which is very well documented, there is no record of a similar incident with the shot put ever having taken place. See more »
Baron Pierre de Coubertin:
[The problem of international cooperation]
The Germans mistrust the French because we are starting the whole thing. The English mistrust the Germans on principle...
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I first saw this as a two-part mini-series in Australia just prior to the 1988 Olympics. I was extremely impressed by it, especially with regards to the role played by Edwin Flack, the Australian runner. It is because of Flack that Australia is one of the very few countries to have competed in all the modern Olympics. While it may not be historically accurate in EVERY detail, I believe the film goes a long way to depict the feeling of adventure and excitement that must have prevailed during those times. My one regret is that I find I am unable to purchase a copy (in any format). If anyone can help me out in this regard - no matter what the cost - I would be most appreciative.
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