Captivating and emotional documentary that follows Swedish Discus champion Ricky Bruch as he prepares for the 1984 Olympics at age 38. The film highlights Bruch's obsessive behavior ... See full summary »
Captivating and emotional documentary that follows Swedish Discus champion Ricky Bruch as he prepares for the 1984 Olympics at age 38. The film highlights Bruch's obsessive behavior regarding his training and preparations. Facing difficulties with the Swedish Olympic Committee, Bruch is denied the right to compete in the Olympic Games. Bent on revenge, he trains like an animal and competes in smaller competitions, ultimately throwing his career-best 71.26 meters (233 feet, 9 inches). Proving to himself and the world that he is the greatest, Ricky's throw would have won the 1984 Olympics by nearly 5 meters. Written by
I had seen this film at John Powell's throwing camp in 1998 and almost had a sleepless night thinking about how the film inspired me to want to try to beat the world record in discus and, overall, think about my life. It is more than just a film about Ricky Bruch training for the 1984 Olympics, but instead is a very philosophical film. The middle of the film with John Powell is something I could watch over and over again. The film is a bit grainy with it's English subtitles(spoken in Swedish), but the story is intriguing and the simple but effective background music is also very enchanting. A rare but worthwhile film overall, and a well-needed one for the often ignored track athlete in the world of sports movies.
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