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Rise (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 27, 2011

81. Rise (Not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Rise.

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Rise is the story of the 1961 US Figure Skating Team, killed tragically on their way to the World Championships.  The story is told through connections to modern figure skating legends Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, and Michelle Kwan.

Figure skating, like many other sports, is a lot about passing things on from generation to generation.  The story of Maribel Owen, a decorated skater herself before moving on to coach her talented daughters, is directly tied to Michelle Kwan, who was taught by one of Maribel’s students, Frank Carroll.

There are many other connections like this made during the documentary, and it is interspersed with personal stories and feelings from the modern-day skaters who experienced the pressure of being a champion figure skater and what that meant.

It all ties into what seems like a big commercial for the US Figure Skating Memorial Fund, which was established after the death of the 1961 team, and supports promising skaters with the financial burdens of figure skating.  Purchasing skates and other supplies, etc, for those who are representing our country in this sport.

I really love figure skating.  I have been watching it since I was a kid, and then I had a friend who was a competitive skater for a while and so I learned what all of the different jumps were.  I am totally a couch commentator, and think that it could definitely be my second job.  Are there any online networks that need me to be their commentator?  I’m in!

If you are a figure skating fan, this movie is definitely worth a watch.  It’s a wonderful history lesson in US figure skating, and also provides insight into the current life of the sport.

Rise is available on DVD here for $24.99.  You can buy a package of this DVD and the DVD of the 1961 US National Figure Skating Championships for $34.99.

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