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The Last Gold

Pre­miered at the 2016 LA Film Fes­ti­val

The Last Gold (direct­ed by Bri­an T. Brown) details one of the great­est untold sto­ries in Olympic his­to­ry — the hero­ic efforts of the women’s 1976 U.S. Olympic swim team as they com­pet­ed against the sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly-doped East Ger­mans. The film spot­lights the mem­bers of the team – Shirley Babashoff, Wendy Bogli­oli, Jill Sterkey and Kim Pey­ton – who became sur­ro­gates in a Cold War strug­gle, bat­tling a trag­ic con­spir­a­cy with a blaz­ing hon­esty and a fero­cious, end­less tenac­i­ty.  After dis­ap­point­ing results through­out the com­pe­ti­tion, win­ning no races and fac­ing a crit­i­cal media that heaped on addi­tion­al pres­sure, the U.S. women final­ly came togeth­er to do as a team what they could not do indi­vid­u­al­ly. It was not until the final race…the last gold, when four young women stepped to the blocks in an attempt to change the course of the com­pe­ti­tion. This is their sto­ry.

Released in 2016
Run­ning time: 91 min­utes

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