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What It Takes: A Documentary About 4 World Class Triathletes' Quest for Greatness (2006)

"What It Takes" is the documentary starring four elite Ironman triathletes - Peter Reid, Heather Fuhr, Lori Bowden, and Luke Bell - who together have won 6 world championships and dozens of... See full summary »

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"What It Takes" is the documentary starring four elite Ironman triathletes - Peter Reid, Heather Fuhr, Lori Bowden, and Luke Bell - who together have won 6 world championships and dozens of major races. Viewers go behind the scenes in the quest for the 2005 world championship in Kona, Hawaii. Running at 97 minutes long, the movie includes footage of the athletes training, racing, and resting, and also opening up in extensive interviews to share their thoughts and feelings. The audience learns much about the sport of triathlon and the duel for athletic supremacy, but also about the very human issues which confront four athletes in an up-and-down, unpredictable year. Written by Peter Han

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And excellent dose of sporting reality
17 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For better or worse, this movie shows what it is truly like to be a top professional in a sport where million-dollar paydays don't exist. It isn't always pretty and it doesn't always turn out the way the athletes hope, but it is as real as it gets. This is not a frilly made-for-TV production like the Ironman broadcast - it is a look under the covers at what the life of an endurance athlete is really like. It shows the doubts they harbor and the hard choices they have to make, including deciding from year-to-year whether to even continue trying to scrape by just to pursue a sport that few have even heard of. Totally engrossing and a wakeup call to people who think being able to live like a professional athlete is nothing but fun. Extremely well done!


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