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I must also note that ESPN Films and ESPN W will have as part of Nine For IX is Branded, the ninth and last feature doc of this series. That is about the role of marketing of, particularly the good looks, sex appeal, and sex symbolism, female athletes in their lives. There are plenty who understand that sex sometimes sells. Chances are there will be plenty of Olympians shown, interviewed, and mentioned in that one. You may have noticed that Lolo Jones is in that montage for Branded. I originally didn't include that on the list because it was a general and overall (not and specifically limited to female Olympic athletes). It premieres on August 27.

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Pat Summitt is obviously more well known for her illustrious coaching career at Tennessee. But she does, as previously mentioned by me here, have some Olympian in her as Pat XO will show you with her time as silver medal-wearing player at the first ever Olympic women's basketball competition in Montreal 1976 briefly at 9:12-10:32. She could still play even when she just started her coaching in Knoxville. So she counts here. Curiously, her time as coach for USA in LA 8 years later with Cheryl Miller, Anne Donovan, Kim Mulkey, Teresa Edwards, Lynette Woodward, and Pam McGee doesn't get a mention here, but it would be interesting to hear the stories from that. Also other Olympians like Ann Meyers-Drysdale, Candace Parker, Chamique Holdsclaw, Patricia Roberts (a Summitt player back then), 2000 coach Nell Fortner, Nancy Lieberman, and 1976 coach Billie Moore.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLLq_oTWVIU

Swoopes premieres next Tuesday on ESPN as part of ESPN Films' and ESPN W's Nine For IX series. Followed by The Diplomat, Runner, The 99ERS, and Branded each in successive weeks.

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That clip you saw announcing a whole new slew of ESPN documentaries for the year that had footage of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding in Lillehammer as part of it? Well, that documentary is coming on November 5 entitled Tonya and Nancy, directed by Nanette Burnstein (American Teen, The Kid Stays In The Picture). This focuses, of course, on the rivalry and the assualt intended to knock Nancy off the 1994 US Olympic figure skating team bound for Lillehammer, Norway at the 1994 US Figure Skating Championships in Detroit in January 6-9. Nancy herself does not participate in this. But those close to her at the time do recalling her feelings. We're just now getting into the thick of the ESPN's Nine For IX docs, and this one certainly would fit in with those, director and all, with the likes of The Diplomat, Swoopes, and Runner. But because of the sensationalized nature surrounding those two, it's packaged with the regular 30 For 30 set.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/espns-30-30-series-feature-592493

NBC is working on its own documentary about Nancy and Tonya ready for its Sochi 2014 coverage on the 20th anniversary with one major difference: the media-shy Nancy Kerrigan WILL participate in this one and express her thoughts about the whole ordeal for the first time since. Gonna be like those Amy Fisher movies back in the same time period to look at and see what you like best.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nancy-kerrigan-tonya-harding-documentary-594415

Hopefully for Olympic fans, we would get to see some Olympic footage on Swoopes for the ESPN doc hitting tomorrow. Even if they are just photos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9P4sJMUrQc



Full 9.79 doc back up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbeb6qB6KPo

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Tonight's the premiere of one of my personally eagerly-awaited Nine For IXs, The Diplomat documentary on Katarina Witt, the beautiful and human face of the German Democratic Republic, one of that authoritarian Communist nation's highly-regarded symbols repping the Party's interests. and dealing with the suffocating Stasi watchdogs and its files on her like her sexual encounters. Back when it was explicitly East vs. West, Communism vs. Capitalism. Katarina was their hero and shining light. And the East German government was determined not to let her go. She, like many elite GDR athletes back then, had priviledges their fellow GDR residents couldn't enjoy like traveling abroad--and saw some cool stuff and intangibles they couldn't get back home--and hobnobbing with top GDR Communists. She willfully played along extolling its virtues and system. Got some backlash too as GDR surrogate when reunification was arriving with the people's wrath. But she became a prisoner to the oppression while living comfortably. Didn't like her back then because of the GDR symbolism and won a lot but eventually grew to like her after the fall of the Berlin Wall--and even fantasized about her thanks to her massive-selling Playboy December 1997 issue (have the German issues too!). Following is the ESPN promo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tmciiadzEA

Kati got spied upon by close friends on Stasi files since the age of 7! I must amend what I said about those files here: She actually has 3500 pages of surveillance in 27 boxes in Stasi files. Of those, only 181 pages were made public. Code name of her files? Flop. This exclusive shows when the Stasi files were finally made public a year after the Berlin Wall fell even when the Stasi itself burned some of its archives as others tried to preserve as much of them as they could. She too wanted to know what was known about her in them. The timing of the doc's release is interesting when we look back with serious concerns going on now here with the NSA and Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning and Julian Assange.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnq-x-0fNjA

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"The Diplomat" is on ESPN as I write this right now! But I'm not near a TV set or have a tablet/laptop with Watch ESPN capabilities to see it. But I will eventually see this very soon. Anyway, from the documentary vintage footage of young Katarina Witt practicing at her hometown rink in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz) under the watchful eye of her coach Jutta Muller, who only chose the best of the best and with some raw talent and allowed Katarina plenty of space for creativity to go along with the discipline and the passionate focus to be the best. The two "created something special".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTd7SUT7t20

Co-directors Jennifer Arnold and Senain Kheshgi discuss the worldwide star wattage Katarina Witt enjoyed as the shining light of the German Democratic Republic back in the 1980s, more so than any other GDR athlete. She was the nation's brand and diplomatic calling card. I remember reading about Alberto Tomba, that flamboyant Italian skier, wanted to hook up with Kati back in Calgary. She turned him down. Don't worry, Kati's still got it! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX-FrDsA5cs

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No I still haven't seen it yet. Former "Carmen" rival Debi Thomas pays tribute in admiration to Katarina in this installment for The Vault in The Diplomat (despite their very different styles and the fact the Carmen rivalry was a media creation) and recalls witnessing a rare moment of vulnerability from Katarina before her free skate in Calgary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNEimim6Gz8

Just a few hours ago, ESPN puts up the promo for the Mary Decker documentary "Runner", the latest in this streak of my personal eagerly awating docs in this series. And sure enough, there's that infamous 3000m race in Los Angeles back in the 1984 Olympics where she and one of her admirers Zola Budd got forever tangled with.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj4O7dC-gwc

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Shola Lynch was once tipped to be the next Mary Decker. Indeed, Decker was her idol and was dominating middle distance running in the US before turning to filmmaking. And I think those ties prompted Lynch to connect to Decker for her to comfortably discuss reliving "that 1984 moment" that defined her career and her Olympics journey that's filled with nothing but disappointment, as well as much of her "very complicated and traumatic" running career and life. Though unlike Decker, Lynch never got to see her Olympic dreams .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFlLwpT92uo

The emotional press conference in the immediate aftermath of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics women's 3000m race that unfortunately became a no-win situation and made to look even worse for Mary Decker in this excerpt from Runner. Prompts a long forgotten moment of Zola Budd getting initially disqualified but later reinstated at 7th.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvhHPi3CJ8g


Lolo Jones knows a thing or two about the immense pressure, stresses, and strains surrounding Olympic athletes, especially American ones, are placed into in pursuing gold. When you don't win gold, people persecute you and athletes carry that. Lolo relates to all that about Mary Decker in this installment of The Vault for Runner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMicTS1U38E

Haven't seen Swoopes yet either. If it's there online, I'll hook it here.


Lolo Jones knows a thing or two about the immense pressure, stresses, and strains surrounding Olympic athletes, especially American ones, are placed into in pursuing gold. When you don't win gold, people persecute you and athletes carry that. Lolo relates to all that about Mary Decker in this installment of The Vault for Runner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMicTS1U38E

Haven't seen Swoopes yet either. If it's there online, I'll hook it here.

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Won't have much time to do this now as the library is closing shortly. But I will return to this thread tomorrow with more videos and stuff. Tuesday is the final installment of the Nine For IX series called Branded, which I'll get to then as well.

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ESPN's The Vault video with Lolo Jones I was aiming to upload still endures some issues. This time dealing with the lack of audio for it from the uploaders. So we'll press on.

Much has been made about the 1999 US Women's World Cup team. Many of them are former Olympians. I still haven't seen any of the rest yet, so I can't tell you where the Olympic references appear. But the fact they count certainly is good enough for me here. Because of their legendary status and constant coverage, which apparently doesn't ever get old for them even as they are now in different capacities but still holds a great legacy they still benefit from. HBO for example did a doc on them. So it's progressively difficult to discover a new and fresh angle on them back in 1999. But that hasn't stopped director Erin Leyden, with the help of befriending co-captain and now ESPN sportscaster Julie Foudy, managing to get access to Julie's large video footage of the team being together in various points during the tournament back then that captivated the public and thus made a compelling story out of The 99ERS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pL1zbwS9Vw

When President Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary, and daughter Chelsea paid a congratulatory visit to the US women's soccer team locker room after a quarterfinal win against Germany. No thankfully, nothing sexual ever happened after that. Just a fun, casual vibe of support.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXw7QvdTLks

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For their first 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the team wondered if their debut game was going to be sellout. Rest assured for them, the momentum was mounting at the right time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD6zmgJsQbo

A lunch meeting of the generations that turned out to be an outtake from The 99ERS: 1999 members Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, Christine Rampone, and Mia Hamm bonding with current national team members and fellow Olympians themselves Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan on being honored to be with them, comparisions, and of the expectations. Wambach of course played and won gold with all those three from 1999 in Athens after an All-American career at Florida. Morgan has only played with Rampone, of the latter two won gold with in London. Obviously the respect and admiration here is mutual.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18paobtv_vc

Katarina Witt talks in a March 24, 2012 Daily Mail guest column about the rare brief moments of loneliness and vulnerability from the accusation of her (and her friends) being a Stasi informant (that would later prove unfounded) after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and being constantly watched since 8 like with that untrue 7-minute sex. Much of the stuff was very mundane. Katarina even had a rocker boyfriend who was later sent away out of fear of being a detriement to her skating and of GDR's glory and image. And on the former East Germany since reunification and freedom.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2119797/Dancing-Ice-star-Katarina-Witt-reveals-East-German-secret-police-spied-age-8.html

Katarina Witt talks to Jeremy Schaap on The Sporting Life while promoting The Diplomat. She comes in at 29:06.

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=9554684

Now for the final Nine For IX installment coming Tuesday titled Branded. This focuses on a serious issue in women's sports and you do get to see a lot of notable Olympians in this, be it in photos and on videos. It's about the need to make yourself as a business brand, mostly as a means for survival in a cutthroat pro sports enviroment that is still a boys' club, especially when it comes to mainstream attention and the need to crossover to reach the overwhelming male audience. Things have gotten better. But there's still some ways to go.

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Branded is being televised right now as the final installment of ESPN's Nine For IX series. Already talked about the synopsis at the end of the last post. No need to rehash this. But in the Director's Statement with Ewing and Grady discuss that even elite female athletes need survival money and attract crossover appeal, so they themselves have a greater premium to become brands and endorsements than the men. You see shots of Jessica Ennis, Hope Solo, Lolo Jones, Mary Lou Retton, and Shawn Johnson(?) during their talk:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I68ps71k2aM

Lolo Jones uses the power and research of social media to get mass attention to get the major endorsements and attract more fans and became renown or notorious for it. Makes sense, if people already don't have an acceptable Q rating level of you (that is, do they know you), why would sponsors bother to line up and grant you offers? So for Lolo, she hits Facebook and Twitter to get noticed. Eventually, she earned deals with Asics, Red Bull, and McDonald's. Yes, it helps a lot if you're attractive like her. Notice that Alex Morgan does have a bit of a cameo for this via Twitter link at Lolo's page. Still, you have to wonder what if she won a medal in either of the past two Summer Olympics. Endorsements would take care of themselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVjPA6eclKk

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Quitting is one of the most obscene things an elite level athlete can do in their eyes, their sports peers, and that of the media. It can send a terrible message that you did not give it your all right from the start. Last night, ESPN premiered a documentary entitled "No Mas" centering on arguably the most infamous professional bout of the 1980s, if not all time, that left many people wondering why and became "a household joke"--the Sugar Ray Leonard (1976 gold medalist)-Roberto Duran November 1980 rematch fight and how those two simple but famous Spanish words still haunts both in their reunion. Following is the ESPN 30 For 30 promo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oQX7lRLv6A

Leonard in Cali and Duran in Panama talking about each other in their respective enviroments when discussing what was going through their minds leading up to their first fight in Montreal. The macho Duran speaks how much he resented Leonard's arrogance and wanted to destroy him. After all these years, Duran apparently still doesn't feel comfortable speaking English even though his native Panama has plenty of English speakers like neighboring Costa Rica.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxfZIORV47E

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Director Eric Drath on all the hype surrounding the Leonard-Duran "No Mas" 1980 fight and its legacy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ova1FgxSDak

Mike Tyson analyzes a portion of the Leonard-Duran II fight for the ESPN 30 For 30 "No Mas" doc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP8dyvnci44

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Couple of new ones, both with Olympic ties, are forthcoming next year to the widely-acclaimed ESPN 30 For 30 sports documentary series.

It was just announced that on February that we will see Of Miracles and Men. It will take the very rarely-seen (at least to Americans) Soviet side of the Miracle On Ice in Lake Placid and of the Soviet Red Machine hockey juggernaut like the impact that game had on the Soviet hockey psyche. All the more intriguing and poignant now that the legendary but hardline Soviet and CSKA Moscow hockey coach Viktor Tihkonov passed away over two weeks ago. No doubt it will be dedicated to him and likely Vladimir Krutov. This should be a double bill with the related doc Red Army. If you've seen Red Army (I haven't but want to), it's a little similar. We will also hear Nikolai Ozerov's call of the Miracle On Ice game on TV CCCP countering Al Michael's famous "Do You Believe In Miracles?! Yes!" call on (tape-delayed) ABC. Of Miracle and Men premieres on February 8. Looking forward to this one:

http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/new-30-30-will-examine-soviet-side-miracle-ice.html

On Selection Sunday in March, ESPN will premiere "I Hate Christian Laettner", another one of those designed to give "sympathy for the devil" of which ESPN with its 30 For 30s is quite skilled at. Don't anticipate much talk of him on the Dream Team as a bit player though because it will almost entirely centers on him being polarizing figure as a Duke All-American.

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To get all ready for the upcoming Of Miracles and Men about the great Soviet men's hockey team and notably of their side of the Miracle On Ice on February 8 and the just-released Red Army doc. ESPN uploaded a clip on them recalling a pre-Lake Placid Olympic tuneup exhibition match against the very-soon-to-be miracle makers at New York's Madison Square Graden that the Soviets destroyed on that night 10-3:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clx636ZcGgk

I decided to bring up a related SVT documentary about the dominant Soviet hockey team from late 1990s-early 2000s that has English narration and English subtitles called CCCP Hockey centering on Viacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov (still playing with the Detroit Red Wings at the time of filming on premier of this doc), Sergei Makarov, Kasantonov, and the late Vladimir Krutov, who were allseen as national heroes extolling the virtues and supramcy of Soviet communism. Also notable is that the late autocratic Soviet national team and CSKA head coach Viktor Tikhonov also gets interviewed unlike in Red Army, where he declined to participate. Don't think it touches on the Miracle on Ice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdFHKXXPLhg

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Some new clips from ESPN's Of Miracles and Men have arrived hours ago for the eagerly anticipated Of Miracles and Men. I'll give you two of them because that's the limit since I'm not yet a premium member...

Viacheslav Fetisov returns to the scene of the crime with his 21-year old daughter Anastassia at Lake Placid while recalling, as a 21-year old rising star on the national team and CSKA Moscow, his team arrival to Lake Placid as part of the 1980 Soviet Olympic Team and the pressure to win gold in hockey. Something that also did not work well last year at this time as hosts in Sochi with all those huge expectations...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yuqKv0eziA

We all know how this game ended but in this moment the Americans played keepaway at 4-3 at the 5:12 mark in the third while the deeply talented and experienced Soviets aggressively attempted in vain to earn puck possession to quickly strike a goal in front of Jim Craig. Interesting also for the CCCP TV commentary presented for the first time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBPEsth1n6k

Again, I'm more than looking forward to seeing this! :)

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For that first video, it was really before the Soviets headed off to Lake Placid and of the pressure to win gold while beating the Americans.

Director Jonathan Hock, 15 at the time of the Miracle On Ice, explains why he wanted to look at the talented players behind the Big Red Soviet Machine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WXqas1ZtyU

That grueling, extreme, spartan Soviet training the Soviet ice hockey team endured during the summer that literally had their bodies react harshly. Surely this was the case with all the Soviet athletes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBMmO1_PflI

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Back after a while. There's going to be a whole new batch of ESPN 30 For 30 coming soon. ESPN wouldn't reveal a lot of details about them and the diverse subjects stemming from the May announcement. But one detail reveals it will deal with 1984 boxing medalist Evander Holyfield and one who could've crossed paths with him back then but didn't qualify for the 1984 US Olympic Team...a fellow by the name of Mike Tyson. How different things be for Mike if that happened?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2015/05/14/espn-announces-plans-to-make-30-more-30-for-30-episodes/

I hope to get Of Miracles And Men (with thoughts on Red Army) on this along with another ESPN 30 For 30 doc involving an Olympian, I Hate Christian Laettner the next day and will discuss them here.

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Well, I finally got the Of Miracles and Men ESPN 30 For 30 documentary about the Soviet side of 1980 Lake Placid Miracle On Ice centering on the heavily-decorated Viacheslav Fetisov's return to the Ice Arena where it all happened with his daughter Anastassia in May 2013 upon his return to Lake Placid. Taking it all in, remembering the ghosts and how that game cost them gold. Of course, the stellar Soviets--Fetisov, Vladislav Tretiak, Alexei Kasatonov, Sergei Makarov, Vladimir Kharlamov, Vladimir Petrov, then-captain Boris Mikhailov, and Vladimir Myshkin were human beings. Were they cocky and overconfident coming into Lake Placid from being so dominant internationally and after a tuneup game at Madison Square Garden against the same USA team? Perhaps, especially with the "miscalculating" mistake of Viktor Tikhonov pulling Tretiak for backup goalie that was a gift to the Americans. But this is also about Anatoly Tarasov, the late great Soviet hockey architect who brought a joy, strategy, and beauty in reinventing the game that made the Soviets so damn good for years. But he was permanently heartbroken when Soviet authorities replaced him in 1977 with the Dinamo Riga's more technocratic and authoritarian Viktor Tikhonov, whom Fetisov eventually butted heads with and the Soviet Red Army in the late 1980s that led to very serious consequences before heading to the NHL with the New Jersey Devils. It was Tikhonov who made them stay 11 months a year training with more spartan training in the name to be the best. It also touches on the famous (especially to Canadians) 1972 NHL-Soviet Summit Series quite well. I have since seen Red Army after my first few viewings of Of Miracles And Men, that also has Fetisov as the anchor--and the anti-Soviet sentiment going on at the time with Afghanistan. Nikolai Ozerlov, the Soviet sportscaster noted for calling hockey on TV CCCP, gets to call the games with a sobering call. One of my favorite parts is when Mikhailov gets bitterly upset about the movie Miracle when Jonathan Hock and immediately later the Russian translator Marina Starostina and when discussing with Makarov viewing the old Olympic Village as a prison, which, incidently, now is. I'll discuss more later on. Bad news is, much of the subtitling is cut off with the letterboxing. If I can eventually find a better one, I'll put it here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbP8V5Gyfmw

And now comes I Hate Christian Laettner. It's almost entirely about his incredible clutch Duke years while examining the still-intense hatred towards Laettner with the 5 Points of Laettner Hate as a lightning rod like his perceived privileged background, his bullying while having a supposed squeaky clean look, based on the Duke trident or pitchfork. Does touch on his time on the Dream Team in Barcelona, which he says he had no pressure on and was glad for that he can take a lower profile as the youngster. It's really about examining the love-to-hate relationship in the funhouse mirrors that sports are. Some say his presence on the Dream Team ruined it for them and say LSU's Shaq was more deserving. But they already had Robinson and Ewing as dominant centers, and that was enough for the USA Basketball Selection Committee HIs pro career was more journeyman and not fully All-Star. Did get an All-Star appearance with Atlanta. Kentucky Wildcats fans understandably have good reason to despise him. But later in it Laettner does provide some goodwill their way and poke him at himself. Cheekily narrated by Rob Lowe, who knows some things or two about being an attractive and talented but hated person

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKXI1dPYLHs

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I just couldn't wait to put this on in light of what just happened up in Canada: Congratulations Abby! You finally did it at long last!! :D I'm doing this in celebration of the team winning it all in Vancouver convincingly destroying Japan. This one really is from the SEC Stories realm of ESPN but could certainly apply to the 30 For 30 family. On the days leading up to the WWC Final in Vancouver, ESPN played the hell of this along with The 99ers on the networks since it no longer has the US TV broadcast rights to the major FIFA events. Mind you, Abby Head On, the title being a nod to her trademark of using her head for goalscoring, stops as Wambach starts on her final quest for that elusive trophy to cement her illustrious career and after London. It chronicles her career as an All-American star as a Florida Gator leading to a national title in 1998, the only time a SEC school wins this, to her growth and rise in playing on US Women's National Team from a nonstop excitable chatterbox (a nervous habit) in the transition from those said 99ers to a very strong, enthusiatic, and fiery leader. Her success on the women's pro circuit with Washington Freedom/Magic Jack Boca Raton with Mia Hamm despite the leagues' folding. The Olympic golds and her toughness. Seguing from missing out on the NY girls state soccer title with Our Lady of Mercy and being crestfallen she talks about being motivated further to win, it starts going to her elusive chances towards those WWC titles (until now, of course!), yes even with her famous quarterfinal extra time header against Brazil that captivated the USA (starts the doc with Ian Darke's brilliant call). An amazing player and a compelling personality who loves her fans. Needs now some extra footage! Narrated by Jack Youngblood, another Florida Gator sports legend who's involved in brain function restoration/neurology. It's from 2013, so Abby's already long since surpassed Mia.

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I'm going to switch gears here a bit and offer a more international one from the ESPN family overseas coming from ESPN Brasil, which they technically don't have domestic 30 For 30s as far as I know. But this certainly applies here. Remember that infamous Olympic women's volleyball semifinal game nearly 20 years ago back in Atlanta in 1996 at the since-demolished OMNI Coliseum (the Philipps Arena now stands there)? Those two teams had a rivalry going on back then and didn't really like each other. Both teams were vying for global women's volleyball supremacy. The two had already played previously against each other in Atlanta as Group B members with Brazil on top. And it all came to a head in Atlanta when Mireya Luis spiked Marcia Fu in the face for the win in the fifth set and advance to the gold medal game. Did Luis hated her? There was some foreshadowing two years earlier at the World Championship in Brazil after the Grand Prix that year in Japan when those two met of what was to come. Ana Moser, one of the world's best volleyball players at the time and on her way out, didn't take kindly to what just happened and instantly made it known to the Cuban team from the other side of the net while some of the Cuban women still celebrated and even taunted her. Moser got into an argument with Luis, Magalys Carvajal, Marlenys Costa, and a few other teammates. Moments later several of the Brazilians quickly got into it. And then Carvajal goes down to the other side of the court and shoved Marcia Fu back while grabbing her by the throat. While many of the Brazilians were dealing with the process of instant heartbreak in not getting the opportunity to go for gold and possibly hear their anthem at the medal podium, the feud continued with Marcia Fu confronting and throwing a towel at the Cubans as they made their exits. Brazil eventually recovered and win bronze over Russia. But you never see footage of the Cuban women winning gold against China. That might upset the Brazilians. Even now the Brazilians get emotional about what might have been. In Virna's case, this saga still hurts. The documentary is called Patria by Fabio Meira with help from the Brazilian Cultural Ministry interviews from Ana Moser, Ana Paula, Fernanda Venturini, Ida (who later posed for the Brazilian edition of Playboy in the September 1996 issue), Marcia Fu, and Virna from the Brazilian side with Luis, Carvajal, and Regla Torres from the Cubans. All of them watch footage of the game attentively looking back, recalling the sometimes emotional memories. Would've like to hear from Leila Barros, but I guess she declined to participate. Only subtitles is when it's in Brazilian Portuguese when the Cubans speak Cuban Spanish. Too bad it's a little short by our 30 For 30 standards and could've delved more into the Brazil-Cuba volleyball rivalry. When there's a 30 For 30, there's always a US angle or element somewhere to draw American viewers in to the subject matter. Subtle or not. Patria (meaning "nation/country" or "home") has none.

For those missed this, haven't seen it before, don't know what I'm talking about, or want to see the infamous game again, thank you You Tube and the uploader for this that was taken from BandSports. There are other versions floating around but it has the entire game instead of coming in parts. Seeing this again after several years ago made it look the altercation wasn't as bad as I originally thought. I thought a fight broke out back then.

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Said I was going to come back to Of Miracles and Men. But will delay until later on. Like to see it again before I discuss it here. Maybe with another showing of Red Army. Right now, I'd like to make note of an upcoming and often talked-about planned 30 For 30 on OJ Simpson. That's right. An epic 5-hour doc on OJ Simpson. Sounds to me this will have to be conducted and aired in 2 parts, a first for 30 For 30. Now I know why some of you may be thinking: Why are you talking about him here on these Olympic threads? Does OJ have any ties to the Olympics? He actually does have some Olympic ties. Not as an athlete of course, though he could've back in the 1960s with his speed. OJ was an ABC analyst for the sprints and relays during its coverage of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics with play-by-play man Al Michaels at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. With this fall being the 20th anniversary of the verdict, it would make sense to premiere it then. ESPN just announced a few 30 For 30 ready to hit starting in October with a few slated for later. There will be one on Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, in one that has direct Olympic ties at least to the former. Makes we wonder will the OJ Simpson one touch on his LA 1984 Olympic broadcasting however briefly.

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Said I was going to come back to Of Miracles and Men. But will delay until later on. Like to see it again before I discuss it here. Maybe with another showing of Red Army. Right now, I'd like to make note of an upcoming and often talked-about planned 30 For 30 on OJ Simpson. That's right. An epic 5-hour doc on OJ Simpson. Sounds to me this will have to be conducted and aired in 2 parts, a first for 30 For 30. Now I know why some of you may be thinking: Why are you talking about him here on these Olympic threads? Does OJ have any ties to the Olympics? He actually does have some Olympic ties. Not as an athlete of course, though he could've back in the 1960s with his speed. OJ was an ABC analyst for the sprints and relays during its coverage of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics with play-by-play man Al Michaels at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. With this fall being the 20th anniversary of the verdict, it would make sense to premiere it then. ESPN just announced a few 30 For 30 ready to hit starting in October with a few slated for later. There will be one on Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, in one that has direct Olympic ties at least to the former. Makes we wonder will the OJ Simpson one touch on his LA 1984 Olympic broadcasting however briefly.

I can guarantee it will make no mention of his broadcasting because why the hell would it.

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Said I was going to come back to Of Miracles and Men. But will delay until later on. Like to see it again before I discuss it here. Maybe with another showing of Red Army. Right now, I'd like to make note of an upcoming and often talked-about planned 30 For 30 on OJ Simpson. That's right. An epic 5-hour doc on OJ Simpson. Sounds to me this will have to be conducted and aired in 2 parts, a first for 30 For 30. Now I know why some of you may be thinking: Why are you talking about him here on these Olympic threads? Does OJ have any ties to the Olympics? He actually does have some Olympic ties. Not as an athlete of course, though he could've back in the 1960s with his speed. OJ was an ABC analyst for the sprints and relays during its coverage of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics with play-by-play man Al Michaels at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. With this fall being the 20th anniversary of the verdict, it would make sense to premiere it then. ESPN just announced a few 30 For 30 ready to hit starting in October with a few slated for later. There will be one on Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, in one that has direct Olympic ties at least to the former. Makes we wonder will the OJ Simpson one touch on his LA 1984 Olympic broadcasting however briefly.

I'm with ofan. It's such a small part of OJ's life story, why is it worth touching on it? More likely to see a clip from The Naked Gun than anything from the Olympics. Although that you bring it up, I do feel the need to ask.. any particular reason you mention OJ's work on the `84 Olympics and don't mention that he also had the same role for NBC in 1992 in Barcelona covering the sprints and relays? Or did you forget about that one. OJ was pretty prominent on NBC's NFL coverage in the early 90s, so if there's any talk about TV work in his post-football career, it'll probably be that. Otherwise, who cares.

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You're certainly right about his post-football career NFL broadcasting work on NBC would be a lot more prominent in this proposed OJ documentary--even The Naked Gun will get more play in it than his Olympics sportscaster days. I simply forgot about his NBC Barcelona 1992 involvement based on watching several YouTube clips from ABC's LA 1984 track and field coverage during the sprints and relays. I mention it with the hope that it will eventually be there, however modest because we all know it is a small part of his overall life story.

Allow me to amend my last post here: there's actually another ESPN 30 For 30 involving actual Olympians. And it comes before Chasing Tyson that involves 84 Olympian Evander Holyfield (November 10). Called The Prince of Pennslyvania, coming October 27, is the documentary companion of the dramatized Foxcatcher movie that explores the turbulent relationship of Olympic wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz with the infamous multimillionaire philanthropist John du Pont's Team Foxcatcher and his increasingly erratic behavior culminating in Dave's January 1996 murder. Obviously released with the 20th anniversary of Dave Schultz's murder looming.

Promo for the first new wave of ESPN 30 For 30 coming this October/November:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYiO9sD5a-c

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