Touch the Wall follows teenage swimmer Missy Franklin as she grows into international athletic stardom, culminated by her 4 gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics. Bridled by expectations of being the 'next Michael Phelps', Missy and her family battle the mantle of celebrity as she tries to maintain her life as a normal teenager. When 4-time silver medalist Kara Lynn Joyce joins Missy's age-group swim club, her growth and challenges accelerate. Touch the Wall is a rare chance to witness the emerging greatness of a young woman who handles success and fame on her own terms. Written by
An Intimate look at two very different, yet similar, stories of achievement and success
Whether you're a fan of swimming or not, this film will captivate you from the beginning. As you're introduced to the stars, particularly 14 year old Missy Franklin, you immediately fall into following the story of development, struggle, and eventual success. You get to see two athletes working closely together but at the same time there's a juxtaposition of hardship and success, youth and experience, and personal struggle versus an almost naive self-confidence. In the end, it's a story of two strong women developing and persevering in their own ways to achieve their goals (and beyond!) and the story of the support system behind any great success.
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