The night before a big match, you would find me curled up in bed after a warm bath, ready to dive into Netflix. These nights called for a movie, and not just any movie, but one that would prompt high performance and encourage a spirit of determination, confidence, and hope. Let me share a few of my favorites with you!
3. Cool Runnings
A movie about Jamaican bobsledders who dream of competing in the Olympics. Cool Runnings is loosely based on a true story, but with a lot of embellishments. Nonetheless, this movie is funny and inspiring. After watching, I was convinced that maybe I too could make the switch from summer to Winter Olympics…biathlon anyone? I should probably learn how to ski first.
2. Chariots of Fire
This movie was made in 1981, so a bit older, but the story is factual and incredible. It’s about two UK runners, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, training for the 1924 Olympics. Chariots of Fire is a historic film that highlights overcoming adversity and having faith in God. Side note about this movie, I actually sat with Eric Liddell’s sister at an Athletes in Action breakfast in London at the 2012 Olympics. It was a wonderful experience!
One of my favorite movies of all time, and another true story! Miracle is about the 1980 US men’s Olympic hockey team who beat the odds to take down their highly-favored competitor, the Soviet team. The speeches in This movie are totally goosebump-worthy.
Some things all of these movies have in common: they’re all about the Olympics, they’re about success in the face of adversity, and they’re all true. The greatest stories told about achievement and overcoming obstacles are often true. Watching movies like these can spark a flame to chase your wildest dreams. If the real people from these movies can do it, why not you? Try watching one of these before your next big day and see what it does for you!