Everest on the Track

DVD - 2016
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Before the war, Britain had bloomed best in its sporting tradition, but the amateur accolades leading to Olympic accomplishments were blown off the podiums in the 1952 Helsinki games. Roger Bannister was the epitome of that disappearing scholar-athlete ideal. Can the lunchtime-trained runner immersed in his medical school studies inject the booster shot into Britain's flagging but still flickering morale?
Publisher: [New York, NY] :, Virgil Films,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD 796. 42 BAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (70 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Alternative Title: Everest on the track


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Oct 13, 2019

Excellent documentary on a feat so overlooked and monumental in human athletic history. Breaking the 4-minute mile proved that what was once though to be physiologically impossible was actually possible. Roger Bannister should be a name that you know.

Feb 24, 2017

You need not be a track and field nut to enjoy this. Pursuit of the sub-four-minute mile placed in post-WWII England historical context. Fascinating interviews with key figures who were still alive at the time of filming. Those were the days of true amateur athletes, so most of them worked at jobs outside of sports during their track careers, and went on to significant non-sports accomplishments later. Great tribute to these sportsmen of the mid-20th century. They don't make 'em like that anymore. Also love the statements made by later athletes such as Sebastian Coe, Phil Knight, and Craig Masback.

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