At her last two World Cup events ever, Lydia Lassila has placed 1st and 2nd sharing the podium with teammate Laura Peel. This is a strong sign leading in to her fifth and final Olympic Games in just a few weeks time.
National Geographic in Europe is among several international broadcasters to have picked up an Olympic skiing documentary from UK distributor TVF International for 15 of its territories.
The documentary has also been acquired by Finnish public broadcaster YLE; Silknet in Georgia; Globosat in Brazil; and NHK, Japan.
She revealed earlier this year that she was pondering retirement until she took a plane trip and happened to watch a documentary on fellow Olympic gold medallist Lydia Lassila’s comeback after becoming a mother, The Will to Fly.
“I was blown away,’’ she said. “Then as I was walking out of the airport, I said, ‘Right, that’s it. I’ve made my decision. I’m going to get back into training and I’m going to coach myself’.’’
Australian hurdler Sally Pearson was down and out.
Her Olympic title defence was over, she'd split from her coach, and she was seriously questioning her future in the sport - until she watched an inspirational movie on a plane from Sydney to the Gold Coast.
'The Will to Fly' tells the story of Olympic Champion Lydia Lassila's journey of coming back from hardship to achieving her goals.
And Pearson tells Sportshour exactly how it put her back on track in her career.
Scott Gullan, Herald Sun
Printed: January 28, 2017 8:00pm
"For the first time Pearson was genuinely questioning her future and she certainly didn’t expect to find any answers on a plane from Sydney to the Gold Coast. But one right click on the in-flight movie selection changed the Olympic hurdles champion’s mindset almost immediately."
The World Documentary Award sponsored by Super Channel was a tie between SLED DOGS directed by Fern Levitt and THE WILL TO FLY directed by Katie Bender and Leo Baker. The jury deliberated and had a hard time picking a winner but there was consensus on the top three films...
...In an unanimous decision, the judges have chosen “THE WILL TO FLY as the winner of this year’s Mountain Culture Award for the way in which it drew the audience into the subject matter, capturing trials and victories of athletic and psychological determination. It was obvious that the filmmakers clearly put absolutely everything into this film and the telling of Lydia’s emotional and personal story.”
Lydia Lassila talks with Nicole Dyer of ABC Radio Gold Coast, talking about the Gold Coast premiere of The Will To Fly, following the announcement of a new world class training facility to be constructed in nearby Lennox Head, Northern New South Wales.