The (Almost) Olympian: In 1984, US biathlete Kari Swenson was one of the best in the world at a sport that combines cross-country skiing and shooting. Unfortunately, women's biathlon wasn't an Olympic event until 1992. Hard-knock life: Swenson was on a training run in Montana when she was kidnapped by survivalists who wanted to use her to 'start a tribe.' She was chained to a tree and held captive for more than 18 hours. Extra obstacles: Swenson was shot in the chest during a rescue attempt. One of her rescuers died. Then she had to deal with media coverage that romanticized her kidnappers as 'mountain men' who were just looking for a bride. Ick. And featuring: Tracy Pollan! M. Emmet Walsh! Should it air on Lifetime? Woman in peril, triumphant recovery. Yup. This has Lifetime written all over it.
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