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Directed by Erich Lyttle, Sarah Henderson

United States, Eugene 2012 81 mins. In English

VISITING ARTISTS—While the celebrated University of Oregon men’s track and field team dominated the spotlight, the women’s track program in Eugene strove to break new ground just as Title IX was presenting new challenges and opportunities for universities across the country. Weaving personal interviews, never-before-seen event footage, and a historical view of the women athletes at Oregon, WE GREW WINGS is a story of camaraderie, teamwork, struggles, and triumphs as it showcases the evolution between generations. Featuring such athletes as Leann Warren, Quenna Beasley, Claudette Groenendaal, and Grace Bakari, a compelling story emerges of women who faced it all to be champions.

Genres: Documentary



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