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Nine for IX: About Women. By Women. For Us All. The producers of 30 for 30, along with executive producers, Robin Roberts and Jane Rosenthal, will include topics from an intimate look at Pat Summitt, college sports' most successful coach, the largely unknown history of Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Katarina Witt and her link with East Germany's secret police, and the focus of sex in the marketing of female athletes. Get your season pass today!
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoVenus vs.||Everyone knows about the swing. Everyone knows about the swagger. But what most Americans don’t know about Venus Williams is how she changed the course of her sport. In a stunning case that captured the attention of the European public beginning in 2005, Williams challenged the long-held practice of paying women tennis players less money than their male counterparts at the French Open and Wimbledon. Williams lobbied Parliament, UNESCO and Fleet Street for financial parity, including a poignant op-ed piece in The London Times that convinced many people that the tournament organizers at Wimbledon were “on the wrong side of history.” The boys clubs at Roland Garros and Wimbledon finally relented in 2007 - the same year Venus became the first women’s Wimbledon champion to earn as much as the men’s (Roger Federer). So to her seven major championships, another victory can be added.||51:11||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPat XO||On April 18, 2012, Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of the NCAA basketball, did the unimaginable and announced her resignation from the University of Tennessee. On the very same day, her son Tyler was named assistant coach of the Marquette’s women’s basketball team, his first job out of college. While the sports world reeled from the news of Pat’s early on-set Alzheimer’s, the coach and her son quietly set out to beat this challenge just as they had every other – with grace, humor and most of all, each other. Pat XO tells the remarkable story of Pat Summitt as it’s never been told before. This raw, authentic portrait takes the camera from the filmmaker’s hands and places it into those who know her best. With Tyler as the lead storyteller, moving recollections are shared by assistant coaches, players like Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings and Michelle Marciniak, fellow coach Geno Auriemma, and such admirers as Peyton Manning and Kenny Chesney.||51:15||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLet Them Wear Towels||Let Them Wear Towels is an intriguing examination of females working in the man’s world of the locker room. Through interviews with such pioneer women as Melissa Ludtke, Claire Smith, Lesley Visser and Jane Gross, you’ll hear stories of raw behavior and humorous retaliation, angry lawsuits and remarkable resolve.||50:17||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNo Limits||As a teenager, Audrey Mestre suffered from scoliosis, but in those formative years, she discovered a passion for the ocean. Mestre was drawn to Cabo San Lucas where she became infatuated with free-diver Pipin Ferreras, a Cuban defector whose dives had put him at the forefront of the sport. The two became a couple and Mestre followed the elusive, often raucous Pipin on his almost spiritual quest to push his limits underwater. Soon enough, Mestre moved from support team member to ardent free-diver and then to a world-class competitor who outshone her husband. In 2002, Pipin began preparations for Mestre to make a 561-foot dive off the coast of the Canary Island. Having completed practice dives even deeper in the weeks leading up to the record attempt, Mestre was prepared. But because of a fateful decision before the dive, Mestre never resurfaced alive.||51:21||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSwoopes||Sheryl Swoopes has famously been labeled as the female Michael Jordan. Actually, she’s far more interesting. On the court, she was nearly as dominant as Michael: a national championship with Texas Tech, three Olympic gold medals, three MVP awards and four consecutive championships with the Houston Comets of the WNBA. She even had a Nike shoe named after her, the Air Swoopes. Off the court, she gave birth in the middle of her first WNBA championship season, divorced her high school sweetheart, and became the highest-profile athlete in her sport to declare she was gay. She has struggled with love, family, money and lack of recognition, but she has never lost her spirit.||51:19||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Diplomat||At the height of the Cold War, Katarina Witt became one of East Germany’s most famous athletes. Trained in an ice rink that gave rise to socialist heroes, Witt dominated her field by winning six European skating titles, four world championships and back-to-back Olympic gold medals to become arguably the world’s best figure skater. Known as “the most beautiful face of socialism” her success gave her a unique status in East Germany. It also triggered constant surveillance by the Stasi, East Germany’s notorious secret police force. This film chronicles how Witt, one of the greatest skaters of all time, fought for her future in socialist East Germany, how she faced the great changes that occurred after the fall of The Berlin Wall and, ultimately, how she ended up both a beneficiary and victim of the East German regime.||51:08||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRunner||Mary Decker obliterated opponents and records with blazing speed and a starving hunger to win. She dominated her sport, holding U.S. records in every distance from 800 to 10,000 meters, and she did it all without the Olympics. She was too young in ’72, hurt in ’76 and shut out by the U.S. boycott in ’80. As Sports Illustrated’s cover “Sportswoman of the Year” in 1983, she was ready: 1984 was the target, with the Olympics in Los Angeles and her skills at their 25 year-old peak. The world was buzzing about Decker’s shot at gold and her match-up against the young, barefooted new star, Zola Budd. But the story leads to a single shocking moment in the 1984 Games, with Mary writhing on the ground in physical pain and emotional heartbreak, with the whole world watching.||51:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe '99ers||On July 10, 1999, the U.S. Women’s soccer team reached a cultural and athletic pinnacle with its penalty-kick shoot-out victory over China to win the Women’s World Cup. As told through the voice of longtime team captain, Julie Foudy, this film takes an inside look at the strong team ethic and rare “do for each other” mentality that propelled them to victory that day and turned the team into a cultural touchstone. With unprecedented access, the film uses candid, behind-the-scenes footage shot by the players themselves during the tournament to present a unique portrait of the women who irrevocably changed the face of women’s athletics.||51:13||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBranded||Sports is supposed to be the ultimate level playing field, but in the media and on Madison Avenue sometimes looks matter more than accomplishments. This film explores the double standard placed on women athletes to be the best players on the field and the sexiest off them. Through stories of the women who have faced and tackled this question in very different ways, Branded explores the question: can women’s sports ever gain an equal footing with their male counterparts or will sex always override achievement?||51:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCoach||One of the most prolific coaches in college basketball history, Coach Vivian Stringer became more well-known to the non-sports world when radio personality Don Imus described her players as “nappy headed hoes.” Her response to the 2007 incident showed she wasn’t just a great coach, but the perfect example of grace under fire.||17:08||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPat XO Extended Interview With Dick Vitale||Pat XO Extended Interview with Dick Vitale||1:22||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|103||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPat XO Extended Interview With Pat Summitt||Pat XO Extended Interview with Pat Summitt||1:40||Season Only||View in iTunes|
This was a wonderful series! It captured so much of Sport and I learned so much!!! Each one was unique and informative! Can not wait to watch them again! My favorite was the 99ers!!! Was great reliving the Summer of '99 again!!!!!