I have a lesson plan in Helping Student Motivate Themselves about grit, and I also have related videos in The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”, as well as a number of fun “grit” videos in The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner.
However, I wanted to find a few more, and thought that some athletic-related ones would be helpful. So I’ve found a few (along with Paul Tough clip I’m adding at the end). I hope readers will suggest more.
Here’s what I have so far:
Here are two versions of the famous clip showing Derek Redmond at the Barcelona Olympic Games. The first one is very well done. However, it has a soundtrack to the song “You Raise Me Up,” which is sung in many different situations, including in churches. In case people were concerned about showing a video with that sound track, the second video doesn’t contain it:
Of course, there’s the last race in the film, Cool Runnings:
I’m not sure where or when the race in this next video took place:
Students may not recognize a number of examples cited in this video, but it’s still worthwhile:
And then there’s the Paul Tough clip:
You may have seen the amazing performance by U.S. skater Jeremy Abbott at the Sochi Olympics where he took a terrible fall but then recovered to finish very strongly.
The video of happened (I can only link to it since it’s not embeddable) will be a perfect addition to The Best Video Clips Demonstrating “Grit” though, since its seven minutes long, you probably want to only show the fall and its aftermath to students.
In addition, I’d supplement showing it with having students read some of the following articles:
Jeremy Abbott suffers brutal fall, but skates on is from The Washington Post.
Jeremy Abbott, U.S. figure skating champ, falls hard but finishes routine to huge ovation is from CBS.
Digg describes this next video as “Watch A 2-Year-Old Amputee Learn To Walk Before Your Eyes”:
What other athletic feats of grit would you recommend?