Thought to end the title of this thread with a question mark, asking IF the documentary movie about the 1985 and 2011 women's T&F teams at the University of Oregon is as good as the 1995 documentary ode to Steve Prefontaine, "Fire On the Track".
No, not IF!!
It IS as good......and maybe better!!
Just received (from Amazon) and watched (for the 1st time), I was so moved by this wonderful movie, and must recommend it to everyone....both women AND men!!
Made in 2012, it brings back so many memories of the spectacular team that were the 1985 Duck women.
Claudette Groenendaal, Kathy Hayes, Leann Warren, Quenna Beasley, and so many others, not to mention their renowned coach (and great marathoner), Tom Heinonen!!
And the 2011 Duck women, most of whom are now graduated and pro's!!
Jordan Hasay, Melissa Gergel, Laura Roesler, and English Gardner (who would probably be listed as the "star" of the film, as she gets LOTS of time on the screen).
"Fire On the Track" was (is) a GREAT movie.
It focused on ONE athlete, Pre!!
And while it had MANY other athletes in it, they also focused on one person, Pre!!
With "We Grew Wings", the focus is on a TEAM!
Or rather TWO teams!!
Yes, both teams were Oregon Ducks, but they were of two generations!!
All the dramatic elements are there....joy, passion, defeat, victory, great effort, injuries.
It's historic in more ways than one.
For it focuses not just on those 2 Duck teams, but on Title IX, the Ducks long history of success and of being innovators.
And there's some GREAT scenes of historic races, and of historic athletes, Mary Slaney being one I was most interested to see (when she was young...and in 2012, when she was in her 50's).
Available from Amazon, this is (Warning: Cliche straight ahead!) a MUST SEE movie.
I have seen this movie just once! (Within hours of its receipt!)
I am about to watch it a second time!