77 min. Jacqueline Joseph, dist. by Passion River, www.passionriver.com. 2018. DVD UPC 888295833837. $59.95. SPORTS
What motivates athletes who achieve amazing winning streaks and seemingly impossible scores? Winning seeks to answer that question through the viewpoints of five superstars: Nadia Comaneci (gymnastics), Martina Navratilova (tennis), Jack Nicklaus (golf), Edwin Moses (track and field), and Esther Vergeer (paralympic tennis). Most of the film features the athletes telling their own stories in face-to-face interview style and voice-overs, with an emphasis on their early experiences and on obstacles they faced and overcame. Additional insight into the athletes' lives and careers is provided by family members, friends, and coaches, among others. The competition footage and photos (mostly from the 1970s and earlier) as well as the music and visual effects give the film a retro feel.
VERDICT Sage advice from five athletes who reached the pinnacle of their sport. Will appeal to young athletes looking for inspiration, coaches looking to motivate their athletes, and fans of the featured activities.
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