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Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays

Brought to you by Human Kinetics, and made available at their web site Human, this 30 minute tape was produced in 1999 as part of the "Gold Medal Track and Field Series". Hit the track with James Williams, who demonstrates and explains techniques for explosive starts out of the blocks, superb technique in the hurdles, and smooth and sure baton passing in the relays. Director was Doug Fink with Kam Miller as writer and producer.

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Sprints, Starts, and Relays

1991, 52 minutes. UCLA coach John Smith and Olympic champion and record holder Michael Marsh show you and your athletes how to start better, sprint faster and cut time off your relays. This tape will maximize your training and technique efforts in all the short sprints, as well as both relays. Smith and Marsh present the key ingredients for a sound sprint program: correct running mechanics, proper starts, race strategy, workouts and training patterns, and relay techniques. Championship offers this DVD for sale.

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Spyros Louis

A film by Yiannis Smaragdis
You may have read in a book or heard the story of the first Olympic marathon race. Now is your opportunity to watch a reenactment of the events that led to Spyros Louis being crowned the first marathon victor of the modern games. Released in 2004 by Alexandros Film of Greece, this 45 minute production is largely in English and under the direction of Yiannis Smaragdis. The actors include Alberto Fais, Evita Zimali, Kostas Delakouras, and Adonis Adoniou with musical score by Dimitris Papadimitriou. The DVD is divided into four chapters: In the beginning there was light, Before the marathon race, The marathon race, and Glorification. With a clean and simple presentation you will be guided through the background and times of the Olympic revival and how the marathon helped the Greeks regain their lost pride and the games to continue into the future. Watch for this disc to be offered at auction if you want to add it to your personal collection.

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Stanford Health & Exercise Program

1988, 155 minutes, with a 16 page booklet enclosed. Released by Crocus Entertainment and done in conjunction with the Stanford University Medical School and Stanford center for Research in Disease Prevention. The first 15 minutes are interviews with doctors, exercise physiologists, and psychologists from the university discussing the eight primary benefits of exercise on your health. Next is a section designed to determine your own fitness level by completing four self administered tests. Following that is a 45 minute aerobic workout where three fitness levels are demonstrated simultaneously. The last presentation are five sports figures each explaining sports tips for their specific specialty. Nancy Ditz is featured in the running portion that lasts a bit over six minutes. Nancy was the women’s winner of the LA Marathon in 1986 and 1987 and her focus is mainly on stretching with some basic comments about setting goals for your training. offers this title either new or used if you want to add this tape to your running library collection.

Steamboat Marathon Video

This 30 minute mini documentary is of the June 2, 2002 running of the Steamboat Marathon ran in Steamboat, Colorado. Seek more information about the Steamboat Marathon from their homepage if you are interested in this event.

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1999, 37 minutes. Doug Brown, in addition to being an outstanding coach, is also one of the best US athletes to ever run the steeplechase event. Brown’s honors distinguish him as being extremely qualified to discuss this event and how to be successful. He shares his vast knowledge on the steeplechase including: developing technique/form, effective racing strategies, and critical tips on energy efficiency. This tape will help you develop the techniques for hurdling and the water jump and includes the drills Brown used as an Olympian and NCAA Champion steepler. This is a great resource for coaches and athletes who wish to better understand this event. Championship has this video available for purchase so you can review the details again and again.

Steve Cram: Good for the First Mile

1983, 49 minutes. This documentary features middle distance ace Steve Cram from March 1983 to the World Championships in Helsinki in August of the same year. You will get insights into this athlete through his coach, parents, and fiancé. Although he struggles through injuries to his calf, groin, and ankle, you will see his training, racing cross country, as well as tune up races at both 800 and 1500 meters. The last 15 minutes of this production shows the three races in three days at the World Championships. With 12 athletes in the 1500 meter final including Ovett, Aouita, Scott, Walker, Abascal, Boit, and others. Although the competition is fierce, with a 65 second first lap the race is tactical. Cram, the youngest man in the field at age 22, becomes the first World Champion at 1500 meters to the surprise of many, including his coach who states, "I can’t believe it".

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Stolen Gold

This 46 minute VHS tape was originally broadcast by the History Channel in 2000 and was released by A & E Home Video in 2001. Hosted by Arthur Kent, he covers nine of the most controversial moments of the modern Olympic games. Olympic Historian David Wallenchinsky offers much insight into the context and events of many of these situation that are discussed. The first segment is the 1908 Olympic Marathon where there was the finish line protest over the assistance of Dorando Pietri. Next, the stripping (and later reinstatement)of the decathlon gold won by Jim Thorpe in the 1912 London games is examined. Other athletes who competed in running events included Babe Didrickson, Eddie Tolan and Ralph Metcalfe in the 1932 games, Jesse Owens from the Berlin Olympics, and lastly the collision between Mary Decker and Zola Budd in the 1984 women’s 3,000 meters where Decker states her impressions to the fall at the 1700 meter point of the race. You may purchase your copy from

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The Story of Eric Liddell

An Olympic Gold Medalist’s Lifelong Race to Spread the Gospel
Eric Liddell is best known as the main character in Hollywood’s 1981 release of Chariots of Fire. But it was his fascinating life as a missionary that proved his spiritual mettle. This Olympic medallist from Scotland lived- and died- for the testimony of Jesus Christ. In this 3-part video with author and Day Of Discovery host David McCasland, you’ll trace Eric’s life from the 1924 Olympics to his years in war-torn China. You’ll hear testimonies from historians, friends, and family about his life as a boy, an athlete, a missionary, and a Bible teacher. But most of all, you’ll learn about a man sold out for God. The descriptions is from the 1999 video cover. Running 90 minutes the three parts are: Part 1- The Making of a Champion; Part 2- The Greatest Race; and Part 3- Weihsien: The Finish Line. Released under the authority of RBC Ministries and available from

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The Story of the Marathon

A Hero’s Journey
Released June 1, 1995, here you will view the complete story of the marathon, tracing it back to its mythical roots in ancient Greece right up to the present day events in major cities which attract huge sponsorship. This tape is in PAL format, has a running time of 52 minutes and was made possible by Gemini Entertainment’s Group.

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The Story of the Olympics

AKA: Olympia Ruft
1996, 70 minutes, brought to you by Deutsche Welle TV. This production is presented in three parts: Part 1- Reviving the contests of the ancient world (1896-1916); Part 2- To the glory of sports (1920-1944); and Part 3- Faster, Higher, Stronger (1948-1992). Direction was provide by Peter Friedrich Leopold and narration from Monika Solem. From the 100 meters to the marathon many of the most memorable Olympic races are covered including athletes such as Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, Wilma Rudolph, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Abebe Bikila, just to name a few.

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Stride to Glory

The History of African American Achievement in the Olympic Games
Greg Gumbel hosts this 73 minute video that was originally broadcast on Saturday, February 24, 1996 and was made available on VHS in 1997 by Xenon Entertainment Group. This documentary examines the role of African-Americans in the modern Olympic Games (1986-1996). You will see the 100 year history of the games within the social context of a post-industrial revolution American society fraught with the inequities accorded its black population. It records through archival footage the triumphs and controversies of African American participation in the games, from Jessie Owens’ victories over the German [Juggenaut] to the clenched fist salute of John Carlos and Tommie Smith in Mexico City in 1968. The program captures both the poignant and passionate moments including many athlete who run such as Gail Devers, Rafer Johnson, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jesse Owens, Edwin Moses, and Abebe Bikila. If you want to own your own copy of this tape than go to to check availability.

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Stride to Glory: Volume 1

Women at the Games: The Rise of Women Olympians
This video reviews the earliest examples of women’s sport up until the late 1960’s when women’s participation in the Olympic Games began to increase dramatically. The exploits of early female Olympians such as: Aileen Riggin, Kinue Hitomi, Mildred "Babe" Didrikson, Jean Shiley, Sonja Henie and Christl Cranz are highlighted. The post war Games of 1948 introduced female athletics superstars such as Fanny Blankers-Koen and Alice Coachman and the Games of the 1950’s and 60’s were the stage for the track and field exploits of Betty Cuthbert, Shirley Strickland, Colette Besson and Wilma Rudolph and Australia’s swimming superstar, Dawn Fraser. Brought to you by Warner Vision Australia and made in PAL format by this 53 minute production was released on October 4, 2000.

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Stride to Glory: Volume 2

Women at the Games: Speed & Grace
Also released October 4, 2000 is the second 53 minute tape of this four tape Olympic series. Rated E for everyone, this PAL format production was once offered by This program shows female athletes as they pick up the pace of women’s sport. The increasing strength and power of the female Olympians takes center stage as you take a close look at the athletic performances of Marita Koch, Evelyn Ashford and Florence Griffith-Joyner as well as non running events such as gymnastics, figure skating, swimming, and speed skating.

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Stride to Glory: Volume 3

Women at the Games: Changing Times
2000, 53 minutes. The outstanding endurance capacities of women are a scientific fact. This video demonstrates how stamina is translated into the sporting arena through the exploits of modern athletics champions Ana Fidelia Quirot, Joan Benoit, Elana Meyer and Derartu Tulu. Women’s Olympic success has not always been on an individual basis, through teamwork, women have battled their way into the history books through sports often typified as "male only": football, basketball, volleyball, handball, hockey and softball. This program shows how female athletes have picked up the pace of women’s sport with rapid fire skill and the accomplishments of these outstanding women athletes.

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Stride to Glory: Volume 4

A History Of African Americans In The Olympic Games
"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle" according to Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic games. One particular group of people who know the meaning of de Coubertin’s "struggle" for Olympic glory is African-Americans. While the first Modern Games were taking place in Athens, African-Americans were still struggling for their status as free citizens. Participation in Olympic games and athletic prestige were a distant dream for many. However, in the century that followed, African-Americans contributed some of the most glorious and memorable moments in Olympic history. African-Americans were winning gold medals for the United States long before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional sports. "Stride to Glory" chronicles their Olympic achievements against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. Warner Vision of Australia produced this fourth tape of the Olympic series. This tape also runs for 53 minutes yet was not released with the first three as it came out 2 months later on December 6, 2000. It is also in PAL format, so make sure your VCR can play this tape before seeking a copy from an auction site.

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Striding On!

How to become a faster and more efficient runner
2004, New Zealand, 33 minutes. This is a four week program to help you improve your running technique through a series of progressive drills. Hosted by coach Ali Dennis, you will be introduced to four principles to more effective running and then begin the drills to incorporate these efficiencies into your running. In addition to four color coded cue cards (one for each week), a 32 page booklet is included that outlines the principles, specific drills, overall plan and maintenance. Each cue card represents a progressive week of drills and outlines for you drill sets based on your level of fitness and can easily be taken along during your training session. Several athletes, both men and women, demonstrate each drill on the DVD as they are introduced and broken down into smaller pieces. Three time World Mountain Running Champion, Jonathan Wyatt, helps demonstrate some of the drills in week four. Visit the official web site to learn more at Striding where you can also purchase this instructional package. As Ali says "It’s all about helping ordinary people do extraordinary things". Use this disc to "train it and maintain it".

Strong Shoulders

AKA: Des Épaules Solides
2002, 96 minutes, French with English subtitles. Under the supervision of Swiss-French director Ursula Meier comes the story of 15-year-old Sabine, played by Louis Szpindel, whose one single goal in life is to win. She attends a special training camp for athletes where she races in the 400 meters event, although she would move up to the 800 meters if it where not for her coach who believes she must master the 400 first. Her drive is to the point of obsession and as a viewer you question if this young woman has the emotional and physical health to withstand the demands she places on herself. With a five week build to the championship event, this film does not provide you a typical finale as most predictable sport films. A cameo appearance is made by Olympic gold medallist Marion Jones, who is shown warming up in a corridor, as a symbol to Sabine of all that she stides for as she tries to be her best in the context to her coach, fellow athletes, friends, family, and above all else her relationship to herself. This film was nominated for Best Picture in Switzerland in 2004 and brought home half a dozen awards from film festivals in 2003. This production has yet to obtain a distributor in the United States.

The Struggle and the Triumph

1980, 30 minutes, 16mm film format as well as video cassette, narrated by John Naber. Describes work of the United States Olympic Committee and its purpose and programs. As told through the experiences of athletes you see highlights of the committee’s achievements in recent years, including the opening of the first two Olympic training centers, the inaugural national sports festivals, and the growth of the opportunities program for America’s Olympic hopefuls. This video was produced by Taurus Productions.

Summer Rendezvous

This video uses the poetic aspects of a track and field meet as a basis for a discussion of the nature of human endeavor and achievement as evidenced in the Olympic Games competition. Made by Universal Education and Visual Arts in 1969, this 16mm film has a run time of 30 minutes and comes with a teacher’s guide.

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The Supermilers: The 4 Minute Barrier and Beyond

1986, 46 minutes, written, directed, and narrated by Tony Maylam. Roger Bannister became the first Movie of the Month, April 2004man to run a mile under four minutes. Since that damp evening in May 1954, ten more athletes have bettered him and lowered the World Record. Each has become an internationally known name: Elliot and Landy from Australia; Snell and Walker from New Zealand; American Jim Ryun; Bayi from Africa; Frenchman, Michael Jazy; The Englishmen: Derek Ibbotson, Steve Ovett, Sebastian Coe. These are "The Supermilers", the eleven athletes of one of the most elite clubs in world sport.

Here is the progression starting with the 4 minute barrier:
  • 3:59.4, Roger Bannister; Oxford, England; May 6, 1954
  • 3:58.0, John Landy; Turku, Finland; June 21, 1954
  • 3:57.2, Derek Ibbotson; London, England; July 19, 1957
  • 3:54.5, Herb Elliott; Dublin, Ireland; August 6, 1958
  • 3:54.4, Peter Snell; Wangnui, New Zealand; January 27, 1962
  • 3:54.1, Peter Snell; Auckland, New Zealand; November 17, 1964
  • 3:53.6, Michel Jazy; Rennes, France; June 9, 1965
  • 3:51.3, Jim Ryun; Berkeley, USA; July 17, 1966
  • 3:51.1, Jim Ryun; Bakersfield, USA; June 23, 1967
  • 3:51.0, Fibert Baji; Kingston, Jamaica; May 17, 1975
  • 3:49.4, John Walker; Gothenburg, Sweden; August 12, 1975
  • 3:49.0, Sebastian Coe; Oslo, Norway; July 17, 1979
  • 3:48.8, Steve Ovett; Oslo, Norway; July 1, 1980
  • 3:48.53, Sebastian Coe; Zurich, Switzerland; August 19, 1981
  • 3:48.4, Steve Ovett; Koblenz, West Germany; August 26, 1981
  • 3:47.33, Sebastian Coe; Brussels, Belgium; August 28, 1981
  • 3:46.32, Steve Cram; Oslo, Norway; July 27, 1985
...And since this video production over four more seconds...
  • 3:44.39, Noureddine Morceli; Rieti, Italy; September 12, 1993
  • 3:43:13, Hicham El Guerrouj; Rome, Italy; June 7, 1999
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Survival Run

Directed by Robert Charlton, this 12 minute film was originally issued in 1980 in 16mm format. In 1992, Pyramid Film & Video released a VHS version that shows Harry Cordellos, who is blind, and Mike Restani, his seeing partner who guides him with vocal cues and an occasional nudge, on completion of the The Dipsea Race. The Dipsea is an annual event in Marin County, California that covers majestic mountains, deep ravines, and lush forests and another film, in this list, On the Edge, has used this event as a backdrop to their story line. Harry continues to run this event as reflected in his 2001 finish that earned him The Norman Bright award for "Extraordinary Effort in the Dispea". Visit their official web site, The Dipsea Race, for the latest race information. Pyramid has made this film available once again in VHS or DVD format, although the price is set for institutions and libraries rather than the average running fan.

Suzuki Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon 2003 Race Video

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Here you will see the highlights of this fast and flat marathon race in sunny San Diego, California that features over 30 bands along the course. The music fills the course from a variety of formats including surf tunes, classic rock, reggae, country, hip hop, blues, African drumming and many, many more. There is plenty of running action as well as almost 17,000 finishers made the trek, with more women finishing than men in this year’s race. If you want to read more about this race or get information about running this event yourself in the future see their official marathon website.

Sydney 2000 Olympics:
Bud Greenspan’s Gold From Down Under

2001. Cappy Productions has done it again! This film premiered August 26th, 2001 on the Showtime network and it is one of the finest works to come from the splendid storyteller, Bud Greenspan. After the story of the USA men’s baseball team that is led by Tommy Lassorta, there is a 17 minute segment on the men’s decathlon competition featuring Chris Huffins trying to hold off Erki Nool and Roman Sebrle. Comments from Nool’s coach, Daley Thompson, are well placed as the competition unfolds. Other sports Movie of the Month, March 2002are shown (cycling, equestrian, swimming, triathlon) before the last 22 minute segment that features one night of Olympic track and field competition. This night is September 25th, where 112,524 spectators fill the stadium to watch one of the most spectacular nights of Olympic competition. There were 9 finals, and the beauty of this production is how they are told not just as distinct events, but with the interaction of events building upon one another throughout the evening. On the track the women’s 400 meter race led off the running events with Kathy Freeman taking the victory lap with both the Australian and Aboriginal flags. Michael Johnson became the first man to repeat as 400 meter champion. Cuba’s Anier García set a person best while winning the 110 meter high hurdles. Gabriela Szabo holds off Sonia O’Sullivan to win the 5000 meters, and Maria Mutola brings home the first ever gold medal for Mozambique in the 800 meters. The last event of the evening, the men’s 10,000 meters, takes 20 starters down to five contenders at the bell. In the homestretch it is defending champion Haile Gebrselassie challenging his main rival, Paul Tergat from Kenya, to make the closest finish in Olympic history in this event.

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Sydney 2000: The Official Highlights of the Sydney Olympic Games

The very best action from Sydney 2000 offers this PAL format DVD that was released October, 2000 in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (The Museum Shop also carries this film). The Great Britain Olympic team put in their best performance since 1920 in the Sydney 2000 Games and this is your chance to relive the highlights of their achievement. This disk features a British medal review of the 28 medal winning competitions as well as scene selection and profiles of the featured athletes. This disk is region 2 encoded meaning that the format will play on the standard machines in Europe, Japan, South Africa and the Middle East.

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