My Way to Olympia (2013)
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The film director Niko von Glasow undertakes a journey to meet athletes who compete at the Paralympic Games in London 2012. He himself is a short-armed avowed hater of sport who cannot understand how anyone could take on such an ordeal voluntarily. Even more since everyday life for people with a disability is most often challenging enough.
He meets U.S. archer Matt Stutzman, Norwegian table tennis player Aida Dahlen, German swimmer Christiane Reppe, Greek boccia player Greg Polychronidis and a Rawandan Sitting Volleyball team. He follows them through their training and all the way to the Games in London. Niko neither spares the athletes nor himself asking questions about life, sport and fears. With an ever-growing appreciation for sport, Niko attends the Paralympic Games and travels back to the ancient city of Olympia, where everything began (and where boccia playing is prohibited). He tells this story with an intelligence, wit, depth, passion and insight that set it apart from any other films on the subject.
Niko von Glasow, Greg Polychronidis, Matt Stutzman, Christiane Reppe, Aida Husic Dahlen
Niko von Glasow
English, German with English subtitles