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Lindsey Vonn: In the Moment

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Inspiring sports docu with great role model; one F word.

Movie NR 2011 59 minutes
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This short documentary is a must-see not just for aspiring athletes, but for any child who wants to make their growing-up ambitions a reality. Lindsey Vonn: In the Moment pulls no punches in terms of talking about the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice it requires to be at the top of your game. Interspersed with exciting moments of competitive skiing are scenes of Lindsey Vonn's day-to-day realities -- waking up early, eating egg whites for breakfast, missing out on the fun most young people have at that age -- the less-glamorous aspects of being a gold medalist. It's part autobiography, part sports highlight reel, and part behind-the scenes of Lindsey Vonn's life.

The film does not shy away from the difficulties Vonn had with her family as she grew up -- the sacrifices they had to make to help Vonn achieve her goals. Nor does it shy away from the stresses and pressures Vonn feels to be at the top of her game. Vonn freely discusses how important it is to be a role model for kids, and how the skier Picabo Street inspired Vonn when she was a child. Aside from the jarring use of the "F" word halfway through the film, In the Moment is an enjoyable and inspiring documentary for the entire family.

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