East Village Entertainment




One film. Five legendary athletes. The compelling and inspiring story of the journeys of tennis champion Martina Navratilova, golf great Jack Nicklaus, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, track and field star Edwin Moses, and Dutch Paralympian Esther Vergeer. Through candid interviews and footage of their most exciting championship moments, WINNING reveals their dreams, challenges, triumphs and explores why some athletes achieve greatness.  As they reminisce about the highs and lows of their careers, these iconic athletes share a unique and intimate window into their lives. WINNING features rare archival footage of the athletes’ childhoods, as well as some of their most memorable and historic moments at the Olympics, Wimbledon, The Masters, US Open, British Open, French Open/Roland Garros, PGA Tour and The Paralympics. 

The film features interviews with the athletes' families, coaches, agents and competitors including Olympic Gold Medalists, Bart Conner and Derrick Adkins, track and field Olympians, Benn Fields and Herb Douglas, tennis star, Pam Shriver, legendary coaches, Sven Groeneveld and Robert Lansdorp, Duke University Professor of Sports Psychology, Greg Dale, Barbara Nicklaus, Jana Navratilova and former Olympic gymnastics coach, Paul Ziert.

Sports is a metaphor for life. The story is both timeless in its appeal and global in its reach. More about the film here.

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“…should appeal to sports fans thanks to the noteworthy talent on display and the copious amount of archival footage that serves as a reminder of why these athletes were so compelling.” - The Hollywood Reporter  

"Winning is, quite simply, about the winning spirit.  And it could not have come at a better time… This film focuses on five extraordinary athletes: tennis champion, Martina Navratilova; golf great, Jack Nicklaus; Olympic gymnast, Nadia Comaneci; track and field star, Edwin Moses; and Dutch Paralympian, Esther Vergeer. It recounts their remarkable careers and accomplishments in a combination of rare archival footage of their early years, stills, competition video, animation, and intimate on-camera interviews with the athletes themselves, their families, friends, and coaches. It focuses on what it took to shape them and make them great. Along the way, it also reveals their dreams, challenges, triumphs and losses.sports a metaphor for life. Not all of us can be Olympic athletes, but every one of us can learn from them … At this level of the game, innate talent is simply not enough. Success is a combination of preparation, hard work, and mental focus. And this idea is wonderfully brought to life in the 75-minute film….about determination, commitment, and a “never say die” attitude.” - Woman Around Town

“…takes a much more straightforward approach to the concept of Winning, which is probably best for our insanity” - news cult

Director/Producer/Editor: Jacqueline Joseph   Producer/Director of Photography: Andreas von Scheele
Original Music: Paul Brill    Editor: Jacqueline Joseph, Simeon Hunter
Consulting Editor: Doug Blush    Animation & Graphics: Ernest Trimon
2016, USA, 75 min, in English

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