Choosing Victory (1985)

Genres - Culture & Society, Sports & Recreation  |   Sub-Genres - Illnesses & Disabilities, Sports  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Choosing Victory was one of a handful of genuinely inspiring documentary efforts to emanate from the 1984 Olympics. Director Muffet Kaufman concentrates upon five physically challenged athletes. After undergoing a grueling training period, these five compete in the Olympic wheelchair race. It is clear that none of the athletes consider themselves "handicapped"-nor, for that matter, will the viewer. Commendably, Kaufman avoids the treacly "overcoming the obstacles" approach that a lesser director might have resorted to; his subjects are Olympic contenders, period.

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athlete, competition, handicap, Olympic-Games, wheelchair