'Personal Best' (1982)

The usual struggle-to-beat-the-odd narrative gets a nice spin thanks to politics and the 1980 U.S. boycott of the Moscow Olympics. Starring Mariel Hemingway and track star Patrice Donnelly, there are some interesting relationships too, and not (quite as many) of the easy answers of most inspirational sports movies. An easy advance to the medal round over "Munich."
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