With remarkable raw talent and precocious drive, Lindsey Van was a phenomenon on the ski jumping scene at a young age. As only a pre-teen, she resolved to compete in the Olympics for the U.S.A. The hitch, a rather large one, is that women’s ski jumping — the sport in which skiers soar through the air in a nearly horizontal position for dozens of meters — has always been excluded from the Olympic Games. Ready to Fly follows Van, her U.S. teammates and their families and supporters in their years-long battle to get the sport included in the Olympics. The girls challenge the International Olympic Committee, take their case to court and suffer defeat after defeat during the journey, but they never give up on their dream. Directed by Bill Kerig (Edge of Never, Mountainfilm 2010), this film shows how tenacity pays off.
- William A. Kerig
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