The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising (2011)

The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising

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The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising -- In 2004 Rick Finkelstein was paralyzed in a ski accident on Aspen Mountain. With a severed spine and internal trauma, he wasn't expected to live. Six years, nine surgeries, and a lifetime of rehab later, cameras captured his dramatic return to Aspen. Even with the latest gear, expert coaching, and mentorship from the sport's pioneers, Rick faced a daunting challenge with many risks and no guarantees. Rick's friend, witness to the crash: 'It wasn't until later that I completely broke down. You realize that it's just so fragile.' Robert Redford, narrator: 'Our movement started with the word never. 'You'll never walk again ... You'll never see ... You'll never live to age five.' Never? Our heroes refused to accept that word.' Rick's story intertwines with those of mentors who overcame their disabilities and found freedom through skiing: the world record holder for speed skiing blind; a Vietnam vet who transformed adaptive sports; and an amazing little girl who triumphed over a 10 percent chance of survival. Chris Waddell, 13-time Paralympic medalist: 'There are times I forget that I'm sitting down. I'm lost in the turn.' Rick: 'It's been a long time and the fact that I got hurt on the snow psychologically I've got to overcome that.' The Movement is the story of one man joining an uprising. He may not have chosen to be disabled, but now he must choose whether to face the mountain again. Warren Miller, co- narrator: 'This is a movement for movement itself.'

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