What better way to celebrate the spirit of the upcoming games than with a family movie night in bed? Three movies to (re)watch now.
- “Miracle:” In the 1980 Winter World Stage in Lake Placid, New York, many people didn’t think the young U.S. men’s hockey team could defeat the dominant Soviets—except for Herb Brooks, the team’s head coach, played by Kurt Russell in this 2004 docudrama. The movie depicts the formation, struggles and shocking victory of the U.S. men’s hockey semifinal win. It’s considered one of the greatest wins in sports history. The team went on to win the gold medal. But it was the victory over the Soviet Union that led the sports announcer Al Michaels to famously shout, “Do you believe in miracles?” “Miracle” will have you shouting back, YES! Rated PG.
- “Cool Runnings:” Who says your nation needs snow-capped mountains to field a bobsled team? In 1988, a four-man crew from the tropical, sandy beaches of Jamaica decided to challenge what’s possible in the Winter World Stage. “Cool Runnings” is a comedy loosely based on an improbable, but determined, Jamaican bobsled team during the Calgary, Canada, World Stage. John Candy plays Irv Blitzer, a disgraced U.S. gold medal bobsledder and ex-pat living in Jamaica, talked into coaching the team by a Jamaican track runner who, due to injury, fails to qualify for the Jamaican World Stage track team but still wants to race. Rated PG.
- “Eddie the Eagle:” Another 1988 competitor proved that World Stage dreams aren’t always rational. Michael “Eddie” Edwards had practically no ski jumping experience, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his dream of being the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in that sport. “Eddie the Eagle” tells of Edwards, played by Taron Egerton, and his dogged determination to be an World Stage competitor. It’s also the redemption story of a former Olympian ski jumper, played by Hugh Jackman, who coaches Eddie to achieve that goal. Although Edwards fails at glory, his story is a reminder that for most athletes, the World Stage spirit of friendship and competition matters most. Rated PG-13.
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