Olympiad Series: The Decathlon (1975)

Genres - Historical Film, Sports & Recreation  |   Sub-Genres - Sports, Biography, Social History  |   Run Time - 46 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom  |  
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Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter

This video is part of a series that celebrates great moments in Olympic history, and the athletes who made them a reality. Topics include individual and group achievements, overcoming personal tragedies to compete, and social and political influences on the competitors. In this episode, the subject is the Decathlon, the toughest competition in the Olympic Games. Ten events ranging from track to swimming are required of the decathlete, whose glory is in being named the best athlete in the world. The video includes archival film footage and personal accounts of such decathletes as Jim Thorpe, Bob Mathias, Bruce Jenner, and Daley Thompson.