What does it take to win Gold and the hearts of the world? Rio 2016

What does it mean to win Gold?

With the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics we wait in anticipation as we see if the limits of human ability is once again shattered.

The 4 minute mile was said to be impossible for humans, but since Roger Bannister showed that is was possible thousands even people still in high school have been able to achieve this.

We celebrate those who broke the records, some born with super human abilities and others who had super human dedication and drive. Share these stories with your students and tell them what some call impossible others are training to show it is.

Cool Runnings (1993)

The true story about four Jamaicans planning to compete as bobsled racers at the Winter Olympics

Chariots Of Fire - (1982)

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.


Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Sporting Greats - Edwin Moses

Edwin Moses won 107 consecutive finals, set the world record in the 400m hurdles event four times and won a gold medal at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics.

Sporting Greats - Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci winner of five Olympic gold medals at the 1976 and the 1980 Olympics and is the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event.

Sporting Greats - Haile Gebrselassie

Haile Gebrselassie is widely considered one of the greatest distance runners in history and has won two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 metres and four World Championship titles in the event.

Sporting Greats - Heike Drechsler

Heike Drechsler is one of the most successful female long jumpers of all time and also had several successes in sprint disciplines. She is the only woman who has won two Olympic gold medals in the long jump

Sporting Greats - Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is considered one of the greatest long sprinters in the history of track and field. He won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships gold medals.

Ian Thorpe - The Parkinson Interview

In a world exclusive, Sir Michael Parkinson sits down to explore the private and sometimes troubled world of one of Australia's most decorated Olympians, Ian Thorpe.

Olympians - Off The Record - Nova Peris

We know the name Nova Peris, but how much do we really know about this extraordinary Australian who has been a pioneer on the hockey pitch, the athletics track and in Australian Parliament?

Olympians - Off The Record - Dylan Alcott and Ellie Coleen

Dylan Alcott and Ellie Coleen, two enigmatic young Australians, share their story with Bruce McAvaney in a special episode of Paralympians: Off the Record.

Usain Bolt The Fastest Man Alive

This documentary follows the life and career of Usain Bolt, providing an up close and personal portrait of him over twelve months as he prepared for the biggest race of his life at the 2012 Olympics.

Olympians - Off The Record - Bronte and Cate Campbell

The elder of the two sisters, Cate, clocked the fastest time in the world this year - 52.38 seconds - to beat home the reigning world champion, Bronte, by two-tenths of a second in Tuesday night's final at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

Jesse Owens - The most famous athlete of his time

The most famous athlete of his time, 22-year-old Jesse Owen's stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. This is his story.


A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The film revolves around the life of USA Olympian and athlete Louis "Louie" Zamperini, portrayed by Jack O'Connell. Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber crash landed in the ocean during World War II, then was sent to a series of prisoner of war camps.


Mark and Dave Schultz, U.S. Olympic Wrestling champions, join Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - but John's emotional self-destruction threatens to consume them all.

Freedom's Fury (2006)

The famous water polo match between Hungary and Russia during the 1956 Melbourne Olympics was an awkward situation, to say the least. The teams hit the water as Soviet forces were suppressing a popular revolt in Budapest. Tempers were out of control. This documentary balances the tragic story of the 1956 revolution with an account of the passionate face-off between Hungary and the Soviet Union in what would become labeled -- accurately -- the "Blood in the Water Match."

Breaking The Surface - Greg Louganis

The real-life story of Olympic diver Greg Louganis who went through a difficult adolescence, only to emerge as a world-class diver.

The Other Dream Team (2012)

The story of Lithuania's 1992 Olympic basketball team whose athletes won the bronze medal.


Humanitarian Peter Norman, a white Australian sprinter, is also on the podium when two black athletes make an iconic gesture at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.

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