U.S. Ski Team Documentary - Truth In Motion - Sa 1/30 8pm EST/PST 7pm CST/MST on NBC, Sa 2/6 5pm EST on USA Network
Are you planning to watch this film? What did you think about Truth in Motion? I hope that folks watch this since skiing needs more media coverage especially major network coverage.
Truth in Motion sounds like it will be interesting with over 400 hours of footage edited down to a 1 hour behind the scenes look at what it takes to become a champion as well as including some POV and ultra slow motion footage.
It will also air on USA Network Sa 2/6 5pm EST www.usanetwork.com/schedules/sched.php
and 3 times in prime time on Universal Sports Network. www.universalsports.com/whats-on-tv/index.html
After the show airs on 1/30 this film will be available as a free download at http://itunes.com/truthinmotion in both standard and HD versions.
TRAILER & OTHER SHORT CLIPS
(Please note that the attributions for the quotes are my best guesses and may be incorrect since the film didn't always show the person doing the talking.)
Truth in Motion Teaser
"I don't want to go there just to go to the Olympics. I want to go and I want to kick some a##." Jake Zamansky
"In the start I try not to think about what's about to happen. I just try to focus on something else. Then it's go time." Ted Ligety
Truth in Motion: Trailer
"It's time to start dropping the hammer and bringing up the intensity." Ted Ligety
"You get this nervous excitement inside your gut." Tommy Ford
"Before the race it's all in your head."
Truth in Motion: Speed
"When I'm going down the hill I don't even try to focus on anything, I just try to go fast. When you are going 90-100 miles an hour, gates are coming at you at 6 tenths of a second." Ted Ligety
Truth In Motion: Engineering Speed
"You go through turns that if you haven't been working out for several years prior to that you just get squished." Scott McCartney
"What separates a top 30 skier from a top 5 skier is work ethic and mental strength." Lindsey Vonn
Truth in Motion: Precision
"When the difference between winning and losing is inches, you have to be precise. It's the kind of precision where the race line is literally two feet wide." Ted Ligety
Truth in Motion: Ted Ligety
"I am very competitive. I just fell in love with ski racing because of the speed." Ted Ligety
"I've won and lost races by a hundredth of a second. That is 6 inches. It's just tremendous how much a tenth of a second can make a difference on somebody's career." Ted Ligety
"My big advantage right now is that I am able to arc further into a turn than most other guys." Ted Ligety
"In ski racing even if you are the best, you aren't guaranteed a medal." Ted Ligety
Truth in Motion: Passion
"I'm just doing this because I love it. I'm not doing it to get rich or to be famous. I just want to ski race." Jake Zamansky
Truth in Motion: Determination
"To become number one you need the most endurance, the most power, the most agility." Sarah Schleper
Truth in Motion: 60 Seconds with Jake Zamansky
"I'm the only guy on the U.S. Ski Team that tunes my own skis." Jake Zamansky
Sarah Schleper on NBC Today Show 1/29 (video clip)
"It's a big mind game. In the start I try to stay really relaxed & focused. Not think of anything else but just going as fast as I can from start to finish." Sarah Schleper
"My lioness roar is part of my start routine. I use it to really attack the course and let out all of those extra nerves and butterflies." Sarah Schleper
Truth in Motion: 60 Seconds with Sarah Schleper
Truth in Motion: 60 Seconds with Ted Ligety
Truth in Motion: Behind the Scenes
Sarah Schleper with husband Federico Gaxiola de la Lama, and son Lasse Gaxiola http://twitpic.com/xyr0n
Action shot of Ted Ligety mid air http://twitpic.com/y2ux2
Truth in Motion - News Articles http://news.google.com/news/search?um=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=%22truth+in+motion%22&cf=all&scoring=n
...From snow camp in Portillo, Chile and Saas Fee, Switzerland, to the final days leading up the start of the World Cup competition in Sölden, Austria, we’re there as they face the sub-zero dawn, as they review videotape of training runs with coaches, scrutinizing every turn and tuck. We’re in the basement with expert ski techs as they grind edges and apply wax, tweaking equipment for every conceivable condition, then tweaking further when their skier returns from a run.
Each racer emerges with something unique that drives them – trying to repeat an early success to prove their talent; returning from injury, or even making the cut for the team that will head to Vancouver in a competitive year.
..."It's not every day that the American public gets to see what we as ski racers do outside of the Olympics," said Ted Ligety "It's the first time any major production crew does. It shows what we do to get to the top and pursue our passion."
..."You see exactly what we're going through every day," said Ligety, who won gold in the combined at the 2006 Turin Games. "I don't think anybody has ever gotten a truly in-depth look at ski racing. It's cool in that respect. This portrays what we do."
The movie begins with Scott Macartney's horrific downhill crash in Kitzbuehel, Austria, two years ago, when he lost his balance on the final jump while going nearly 90 mph. Slamming his head on the snow, Macartney lost his helmet and slid unconscious across the finish line.
When asked about the crash on camera for the documentary, Macartney answers, "Better to get hurt charging ..."
"This film is going to have a really positive impact on our sport," Schleper said. "It's going to show all the elements people really don't know about ski racing — showing the risks that we're taking."
... But Schleper's story, both relatable and extraordinary, is the standout.
Sidelined by injury after the '06 Olympics in Turin, the athlete took time off to recover in Mexico; next, she met and married Mexican native Federico Gaxiola. Yearning for a baby, she spent even more time away from the slopes. When the film opens, the new mom has begun training for her skiing comeback, but hasn't yet earned a spot on the Olympic team. The cameras record her grueling preparations, and her determination to win is inspiring. Schleper's also seen bringing her toddler to competitions, cuddling him between events, and playing with him after a long day on the slopes. Skiing and parenting fit hand in hand for this pretty, 5' 4" blond with the stamina of a Navy seal.
Edited by SkierScott - 1/29/10 at 7:53pm