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an underdog story

 
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SHIIIT! Those American Cyclist babes pumped it out! Go USA!!
— Samuel L. Jackson, Actor
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OFFICIAL TRAILER

Personal Gold: An Underdog Story - Official Trailer [HD]

They really held that race together with duct tape!
— Frank Marshall, Producer, Indiana Jones, Jurassic World
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'Miracle meets moneyball'

 

PERSONAL GOLD - described by Reed Albergotti of the Wall Street Journal as 'Miracle meets Moneyball' gives a behind-the-scenes experience of four underdog women cyclists who become America's hope for a medal at the London Olympics after the men's team is banned during the Lance Armstrong drug scandal. 

The underfunded women turn to volunteers, including their husbands and an innovative approach using 'Data not Doping' in an attempt to do the impossible; win the first U.S. Women's Track Cycling medal in over 20 years. 

Female Olympians Defy Expectations
— Indiewire
 

Exec. Producer: Bill Gerber (Gran Torino)
Director: Tamara Christopherson (Olympian)
Legal: Donaldson+Callif (20 Feet from Stardom)
Writer: James Lockard (Untouchable: Children of God)
Composer: Christian Davis (Hans Zimmer RC Studios)
FULL CAST & CREW (click here)

Documentary/Sports/Inspirational. 88mins 

screenings

Adrenaline-pumping inspiration
You MUST see this!
— Christine D'Ercole, New York, NY

2014-2016 TOUR

July, 2016 TBA TBA Public
June, 2016 TBA TBA Public
May, 2016 TBA TBA Public
April, 2016 TBA TBA Public
March, 2016 TBA TBA Public
February, 2016 TBA TBA Public
January, 2016 TBA TBA Public
December, 2015 TBA TBA Public
November, 2015 TBA TBA Public
October, 2015 TBA TBA Public
September, 2015 TBA TBA Public
August, 2015 TBA TBA Public
July 10-12, 2015 Manchester, England 2015 MANIFF- GREAT BRITAIN PREMIERE+Filmmaker Q&A Public
June 20, 2015 San Francisco, CA 2015 QUANTIFIED SELF Global Conference +Medalist Q&A Public
May 19th Seattle, WA 2015 SIFF- AMC Theaters +Medalist/Filmmaker Q&A Public
May 16, 2015 Seattle, WA 2015 SIFF- WORLD PREMIERE +Medalist/Filmmaker Q&A Public
May 7, 2015 Bentonville, AK 2015 BFF- Gina Davis Bentonville Film Festival +Filmmaker Q&A Public
May 2, 2015 Santa Ynez, CA WCA/ 2015 Amgen Women's Tour of California +Medalist Q&A Private
April 24, 2015 Newport Beach, CA 2015 Newport Beach Film Fest +Medalist Q&A Private
April 11, 2015 Seattle, WA Kirkland Performance Center +Olympic Medalists Q&A Private
March 15, 2015 SLO, CA 2015 San Luis Obispo International Film Fest +Filmmaker Q&A Public
March 8, 2015 Sun Valley, ID 2015 Sun Valley International Film Festival +Filmmaker Q&A Public
February 28, 2015 Scottsdale, AZ Harkins Theaters- Private Event +Q&A Private
February 26, 2015 San Jose, CA IMAX @ The Tech Museum of Innovation +Medalist Q&A Private
February 8-16 2015 Missoula, MT 2015 Blue Sky Film Festival +Filmmaker Q&A Private
January 24, 2015 Rosarito, Mexico More than Sport/Homes for Hope +Olympic Medalist Q&A Private
January, 2015 Las Vegas, NV 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (Live demo w/Medalist) Private
December 4, 2014 La Costa, CA 2015 SEALFIT Conference +Olympic Medalist Q&A Private
November 16, 2014 New York, NY Helen Mills Theater- New York +Q&A Private
November 13, 2014 Houston, TX River Oaks Theater hosted by ATOMIC +Q&A Private
November 3, 2014 Palo Alto, CA Palo Alto- Brien Shamp Children's Bootcamps +Q&A Private
October 13, 2014 Dana Point, CA 2015 Verizon Life Science Healthcare Summit+Q&A Private
September 9, 2014 Las Vegas, NV AT&T Private- Las Vegas +Q&A Private
September 8, 2014 San Francisco, CA Delancy Theaters- Bay Area Healthtech +Q&A Private
August 9, 2014 Seattle, WA Jennie Reed Foundation for Olympic Hopefuls +Q&A Private
July 25, 2014 Beverly Hills, CA Bausch CEO Annual Retreat +Q&A Private
July 21, 2014 San Francisco, CA Bay Area Innovators/Quantified Self +Q&A Private
June 23, 2014 Pasadena, CA 2015 US Olympic Committee Olympic Day +Q&A Private
June 16, 2014 La Jolla, CA Qualcomm +Dr Eric Topol & Olympic Medalist Q&A Private
June 10, 2014 Newport Beach, CA Connie Cycling Foundation +Q&A Private
May 31, 2014 Cambridge, MA Harvard University Alumni +Q&A Private
May 16, 2014 Hollywood, CA US Olympic Alumni +Olympic Medalist Q&A Private
March 8, 2014 Hollywood, CA Academy Linwood Dunn +Olympic Medalist Q&A Private
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

‘Miracle meets Moneyball’
— Reed Albergotti, Wall Street Journal
They really held that race together with duct tape!
— Frank Marshall, Producer, Indiana Jones & Jurassic World
SHIIIT! Those American Cyclist babes pumped it out! Go USA!!
— Samuel L. Jackson, Actor
The verdict: A documentary worthy of the Olympic glory it captures.
— Joe Veyera of The Daily
The golden era of U.S. cycling looked like it had been a fake. Maybe, though, Hammer, Reed, Bausch, and Tamayo had found a silver lining, a route back for USA Cycling, and perhaps other sports too. Personal Gold offers a chance to see what an amateur but high-tech and fair approach could look like.
— Tom Taylor, Sports Illustrated
Personal Gold is more than a must-see Olympic story – it’s a film that expertly explores the intersection of sports, science and ingenuity. For these women, Quantified Self techniques meant the difference between standing on the side lines and standing atop a podium.”
— Gary Wolf, Wired
The new documentary.. Personal Gold, tells this amazing story in much more detail
— Bernard Marr, Forbes
Loudest applause in a movie theater I have ever heard!!
— Mary-Lynne Williams, Mobile Design Lead, Microsoft
Personal Gold is a riveting watch. It was heart-warming to see the dedication of each of the people involved, despite the lack of government help, in achieving the medal.
— Subhadra Devan, Malaysian Insider
You can buy a lot of things, but you can’t buy heart- ‘Personal Gold’ is by far the best documentary that I’ve seen in quite some time!
— Joan Dietchman, Race Across America compeitior
Adrenaline pumping inspiration, You MUST see this!
— Christine D'Ercole, New York
One of the best underdog films since Rocky!
— Personal Gold Audience Member
This is pure women’s empowerment
— Jill Schiller, Chicago, IL
Couldn’t be more proud and inspired in my whole life!!!!
Go USA and women athletes everywhere!
— Meghan Smith, Seattle WA
The inspiration feels genuine and hard-won, and it offers a fascinating peek at modern technology’s role in helping athletes achieve personal bests without performance-enhancing drugs
— The Sunbreak
We felt their blood, sweat, tears
— Ron Skarin, Olympian '72 '76
These are REAL role models
— Martin Galbut, Partner Galbut & Galbut Attorneys
An extraordinary documentary
— Rick Scott, Press Agent, Hollywood, CA
A must-see for anyone motivated to improve with lessons about ‘Data not Doping’
— Dick Fosbury, Olympian, Innovator 'Fosbury Flop'
Personal Gold is a hugely satisfying, if formulaic, underdog story with charm and tears to spare. It’s very entertaining, quick and triumphant, and full of positivity in the most attractive way possible.
— Film Intel UK
Great interval training run today-didn’t give up thx to #personalgold!
— Pamela Powell, Reel Honest Reviews
Seeing what they were up against, You realize ANYTHING is possible
— Doug Winters, San Diego, CA
I left inspired and yearning more to improve my own performance
— Anna Warble, Founder Phoenix Spokespeople
Extreme underdogs, extreme biometrics..extreme Yankee ingenuity. Your heart would have to be made of Silly Putty not to beat faster.
— Barley Blair, The Stranger
One of the best cycling films ever made.
— Bek Maples, Editor in Chief, SLOCyclist

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MAY, 2015- THE WORLD PREMIERE of 'PERSONAL GOLD: AN UNDERDOG STORY' was unveiled to a SOLD-OUT theater at SIFF 2015 (Seattle International Film Festival) in Seattle, WA on Saturday May 16th at 11am at the flagship SIFF Uptown Theater. The event featured a Red Carpet event attended by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray with Olympic medalists and Seattle hometown hero Jennie Reed with teammate Dotsie Bausch. Following the premiere was a live audience Q&A with filmmakers and Olympic medalists!

APRIL, 2015- The 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival hosted a 'Sneak Peek' screening event of 'Personal Gold: An Underdog Story' to a SOLD OUT audience at Island Luxury Cinemas and presenting sponsor Masimo. 

March 8, 2014- The Academy of Motion Pictures in Hollywood hosted Personal Gold's Friends & Family Screening. Q&A included filmmakers and Olympic medalists Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed, and Sarah Hammer.

 
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SUPPORTERS
 

2015 PRESENTING SPONSOR:

GOLD SUPPORTERS:

Gretchen Burks • Robert Francis • Terrance H. Gregg • Mary Jane Stricker

SILVER SUPPORTERS:

Alexandria Bowmer • Gary Burkholder • David Christopherson • Jefferey Cinnamond • Anne Chen • Kyle & Laura Carpenter • Eugene Diggs • Mike Faello • Lori Ford • Ellie Franges • Cliff Hammer • Steve Lindell • Tanya Lindenmouth • Cykler Mallorca • Mark McCulley • Frank Moustirats • Michael & Lindsay Morris • Duane Reed • Mike Rosa • Danielle Shaver • Suzanne Strom-Reed • Timothy Reinholtz • Mike Rucker • Peter Simpson • Marylee Vetrano • Charles Yoo  

BRONZE SUPPORTERS:

Ann Bartlett • Mike Baldwin • Elizabeth Reap Carlson • Rose Cameron • Adam Duvendek • Christian Williams Shellie Matthews • Marian Dillon • Matthew Brandon • Rick Delombard • Ben Sherman • John B Griffith • Heather VanVelkenburg • Harrison Devine • Linea Nasman • Kenny Pittenger • David Sugarman • Lindsay Felker • Justin Smith • Jefferey M LaBauve • Bobby Dymond • Kurt Achtenhagen • James Lehman • Megan Hottman • Jackson Perry • Cynthia A. Carter • Randi Hammer • Andrea Duvendek Gaines • Tim Paul • Wesley Pierce • Amir Sani • Steve Standridge • E Rieden • Richard Voss • Brett Clothier Sharm

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

The City of Alaro, Spain • Palma De Mallorca Velodrome  • Can Xim Hotel • Petit Hotel Alaro • The City of London  • Quantified Self • Adam Laurent • Brandon Madden and Family • Kirk Bausch and Family • Cowden Family • Reed Family • Cliff Hammer and Hammer Family •  Andy Sparks • CDR Mark Divine • Dr. Eric Topol • Stefan Groschupf • Dr. Gil Blander • Dr. Sonia Ancoli-Israel • Dan Harms • Neal Henderson • Gina Sanchez • Raj Mehta • Stig Severinsen • Andrejz Bek • Dr. Brent Kay • Doug Thralls  • Randy Wilbur • 1901 Cafe Restaurant • The Velo Sports Center • Adam Duvendek • Nate Koch • Jan Bartlett • Jenny Jenkins • Matthew Witschonke • Hadoop ‘Big Data’ Community • Matthew Lange, PhD • Omar Saad • Scripps Translational Science Institute • Datameer • Stefan Groschupf • Pathway Genomics • Inside Tracker • T2 Technologies • Dexcom • SKINS Cycling Apparel • Tracy Laurent • Scarlett Laurent • Jeff Kranzler • Lori Ford • Derek van der Schroeff • Robyn & John Tosick • Liz Abbett • Ben Sharp  • Mike Tamayo • Tamayo Family • Nicola Cranmer • Mitch Thrower • Cory Christopherson • Lewis Elliott • Matt Heinemann • Passion Pictures • SealFit and Unbeatable Mind • Cindy Chapman • Geoff Haskell • Chris Leavell • Christian VandeVelde • Beth Binger • Binger Communications • The Academy Linwood Dunn Theater • AKA Hotels • The Qualcomm Institute • Ernesto Ramirez • UCSD • CalIT2 • Jennifer Hoelzer • Gini Martin • Cherie Turner • Greg Hanson • Ben Sherman Dr. Paul Abramson • Bob Biddinger • United States Anti Doping Administration • Travis Tygart • Betsy Andreu • John Naber • Southern California Olympians & Paralympians • United States Olympians & Paralympians Association • The United States Olympic Committee • International Olympic Committee

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