Sunday, August 14, 2011
Must See Documentary
A friend sent me Gymnast, a British documentary covering the selection of the 2008 Olympic Team. As a documentary alone, it is worthy of viewing. As a gymnastics documentary, it is superb. The film captures the emotional stress on the British girls as they train and compete for a spot on the Olympic Team. The never-ending stress at home and in the gym is palpable.
Andrian Stan is the star of the film. His blunt candor is horrifying, refreshing, amusing and brutally honest.
"You will never be the most beautiful team. You are not the Chinese. You will not likely medal."
It is downright disturbing to hear them dote and watch them oogle over Hannah Whelan for her pixie frame, while the other girls struggle in vain.