The Last GoldHD Closed Captioning
Brian T. Brown
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About the Movie
The Last Gold explores the world of Women’s Olympic Swimming and revisits the sports world before “doping” became a well-known phenomenon, when the Soviet Union existed and the term "female athlete" was almost an oxymoron. The year was 1976 and the place was the Summer Olympics held in Montreal. “The Last Gold” revisits the momentous scandal that has been all but lost to history in the intervening years. By powerfully weaving together never before seen archival footage with intimate access and confessions by athletes from across two continents today, the Film unearths a thriller with dramatic consequences. With the doping scandal of Maria Sharapova recently front page news, the world revealed in The Last Gold has tremendous resonance today. From the hundreds of thousands of swimmers, to women amateur and professional athletes to the broader population which loves spectator sports and enjoys a good thriller, this film will captivate audiences of all ages.
As a long time swimming fan who knew the story well, I found myself on the edge of my seat, much as I was while watching another story whose outcome was also known in "Apollo 13". Well done, USA Swimming.
This documentary is amazing. The US women's team in 1976 was cheated out of so many metals and likely lost more because they were so emotionally drained by the press and others who only accept gold. They came back as a team and emotionally and physically did not allow the East Germans to beat them in the final relay. You can really feel their pain and then jubilation. You also can understand how the East German women had no choice. Now the IOC need to do what's right 40 years later and give these women the metals they so deserve.
A great story
Overall, a great documentary. And a great story.
A few inaccuracies though in the german translation.
And the comparison of Maris Sharapova's case to the doping of women in the former GDR is beyond ridiculous. A very bad publicist's idea.
Luckily, the movie itself is way better than that.