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  • Jan 17, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • GNS


The Athlete

Plan is 5 pm run

-shower here

7 pm Movie

Bring cash for curr

Bring beer if you want

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning The Olympic gold medal in the marathon.

Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero in his own country and to the continent, Bikila was the first black African to win a gold medal. Four years later and just five weeks after an operation for appendicitis, Abebe successfully defended his Rome gold at the '64 Tokyo Olympiad', winning by the widest margin in history and becoming the first person to win consecutive Olympic marathons.

This soldier and quiet son of a shepherd is considered by many the greatest long-distance runner in history.

But his life story only began with Olympic medals. In 1969, while training for the '72 Munich games,Abebe, 36, was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Following surgeryand during recovery in England, Bikila fought depression and craved to compete again. In the struggle to maintain the will to live, Bikila discovered a deeper meaning of competition. He first did so in archery at the English Paralympics, and then later, at the invitation of the King of Norway, in a handicapped cross country ski race known as The Ridderrennet in Beitostolen, Norway. Bikila s victory on a dog-sled in this snow-covered wilderness proved to be his final, triumphant race.

"Atletu (The Athlete)" is a tale of extraordinary determination and of a singular man, Abebe Bikila.

Told for the first time, this true story has been rendered with emotional power and cinematic grace.

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  • Laura S.

    An excellent movie. Thanks goes to the organisers. Very interesting and I'm glad I went along.

    January 18, 2013

  • Cameron F.

    So running bit late, but heard ewa might be as well. Don't have your number Chris but mine[masked]

    January 17, 2013

  • Caroline Emily D.

    Hi, is anyone taking a car out from Wgtn and returning afterwards?

    January 12, 2013

    • Lilla C

      I'd love a lift. Can meet anywhere central. Just say when and where.

      January 14, 2013

    • ewa k.

      hey, we'll be leaving around 7.20 from kelburn/central town. buzz if you want pickup

      January 17, 2013

  • Chris M.

    by the way you can shower here if you are running-we are leaving here 5 15 at latest-doors will be open at 6 46 alatest so you can get in bulding-text if problems as i wil have my phone

    January 17, 2013

  • Ash

    I'm going to bring my two sons (11 and 10), trust that is ok.
    The movie looks 'M' at worst, probably PG ::-)

    January 16, 2013

  • Chris M.

    ok i will be at front door by 6 45 to let you in text[masked] if any probs..... run starts by 5 15 at latest if you want to run with us too -from front kicks off 7 30 with 20 min of trailers before movie-so it will be over by 9- then we will eat curry

    January 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How much are the tickets?

    December 27, 2012

    • Ash


      1 · December 27, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wonderful! Thanks for the quick reply Ash! :-)

      December 27, 2012

  • ewa k.

    hey guys please note the change of date - CHRIS has just had to postpone the movie night as the GNS cinema is being renovated this week!

    December 18, 2012

  • Barnaby A.

    Hi guys, I would be keen to join you. I may be able to get out of work a little early. Could I hitch a ride from anyone? I work at 100 Molesworth St, Thorndon. Cheers, Barnaby

    December 17, 2012

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