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Smoke, Flicks, and Chill: Sports Documentaries

There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a good game, but getting to know what goes on behind the scenes before the big day can be just as captivating.

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Although everyone loves a happy ending, all sports stories are not tales of wins, championships and trophies. In fact, some of the best stories are the ones that show the trials and tribulations that lead to the triumph and remind us of the true beauty of human strength.

We Could Be Kings (2014)

Driven by the fiery passion of opposition, two rival teams are forced to work together after a series of budget cuts tips fate in an unexpected direction. Watch as they combine their blood, sweat and tears to create a sense of community among competitors.

Desert Runners (2013)

It’s all about endurance as these daring runners challenge themselves to compete in four 250k runs in just one year in the harshest, most forgiving environment ever–the desert. Check this documentary out if you’re interested in what it takes to push past your personal limits and then some.

Rising from Ashes (2012)

This determined team of professional cyclists exemplifies courage and persistence as they battle with the traumatic aftermath of genocide in their home country, Rwanda. Despite the seemingly impossible task of finding strength during such a tragic time, the team still manages to make it all the way to the Olympics.

Storm Surfers (2012)

While some people shy away from a light rain, the two surfers highlighted in this documentary revel in the type of weather that would make others want to leave town. With the help of a meteorologist, Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll go on the search of a lifetime for the gnarliest waves known to man.

Champs (2015)

It’s a trifecta of champions as this documentary takes a look at the lives of three of heavyweight boxing’s best contenders: Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins. Learn more about their journeys to success and the obstacles they overcame to make it to the top.

Of Miracles and Men (2015)

Flashback to the 80s with a jaw-dropping win for the United States hockey team that was considered nothing short of a miracle. Yet, while everything seemed great on the sports front, there were other significant issues that had a major impact on the political landscape.

Next Goal Wins (2014)

If you’re into rooting for the underdog, then you’ll be a fan of the American Samoa team who goes from being considered the worst soccer team in the world to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup–thanks to their dedication, talent and a lot of help from a world-class coach who wouldn’t let them settle for less than the best.

Venus and Serena (2012)

This documentary follows two of tennis’ most talented players during one of the most difficult years of their lives, when circumstances seemed to conspire to keep them from getting to the next level in their careers. Get a glimpse at what helped them become such great competitors and what it took to get them through a rough year.