Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This video is one of a series that chronicles the history of the Olympic Games, and the champions whose achievements captured the world's imagination. This episode tells the inspirational stories of athletes who were considered long shots and has-beens. Many competitors showed as much perseverance in their personal lives as they did in Olympic competition, and the viewer learns some of their stories, from the plane crash survivor to the "old man" of track and field. Their victories were all the sweeter and more inspiring because only they had faith in their abilities. Archival film footage chronicles their achievements.