A Seattle kid. Undersized. Overachieving. Dreams large. Outworks everyone. Takes risks. Unafraid to fail. Learns from losses. Refuses to quit. State champ. National Champ. All-American. Player of the Year. And—against staggering odds—Olympic medalist. A rare character who seems too good to be true, too interesting to ignore. Wise beyond her years. Passionate. Honest. Smart. Funny. Hugely entertaining.
Courtney Thompson lives the life of a professional American volleyball star: overseas. In the dead of winter in the heart of Poland, she tries to lead the Łódź Boat Builders to respectability. As we follow her season, America’s Olympic setter guides us through a fascinating and complicated conversation about sport, gender, parents, coaches, competition, ethics, money and success. Her journey provides the documentary’s path.
As Courtney moves from chapter to chapter, we hear from some of the finest minds in the sport: Karch Kiraly, Hugh McCutcheon, Doug Beal, John Dunning, Mick Haley, Kathy DeBoer, Rich Feller, David McFatrich, John Cook and Bill Neville among others. We’ll hear from parents, youth coaches, and other volleyball athletes, young and old.
A one-hour broadcast quality documentary, in high definition, suitable for a national broadcast audience and DVD/Internet distribution. Premiered at a private event during the 2013 NCAA Division 1 Final Four Championships in Seattle.
Players. Parents. Coaches. Fans. Media. Policymakers who can and should support the creation and maintenance of sports facilities and opportunities, especially for girls and boys.
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"What sets Courtney apart is, she battles. She owns the moment of competition. She’s not afraid to get in there and mix it up. She doesn’t back down from that. She makes those around her better."
-Hugh McCutcheon, Olympic gold and silver medal-winning head volleyball coach
"Courtney has a presence about her that I've never witnessed in anybody else. She is 100% a leader."
-Christa Dietzen, Olympic medal-winning volleyball player
"Incredible work ethic. The ability to get the most out of her teammates. To fit in. To compete at a fierce level. To play the parts of the game that aren't as easy to see or be rewarded for. I think Courtney is as good at that maybe as anybody I can think of right now."
-Doug Beal, Olympic gold medal-winning volleyball coach and USA Volleyball CEO.
"Courtney's out of the ordinary. Her team rallies around her leadership. She moves the group forward, no matter how much adversity."
-John Dunning, head volleyball coach, Stanford University.
"Courtney works her ass off. I doesn't matter what anybody says, what anybody thinks. When you're on the court with her, there's a feeling we're gonna do whatever it takes to get the next point. Courtney's all in 100% of the time."
-Kristin Hildebrand, US National Team