Based on the film "The Best of Men", Michael Møllgaard Nielsen, Elite Manager of Parasport Denmark takes us on this fantastic journey, which he himself has been an active part of since his first Paralympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.
Meet also the athlete who has been selected to play table tennis for Denmark in Tokyo, Peter Rosenmeier:
The table tennis player, who has won everything that is worth winning, put another European Championship title on his resume in 2019 when he defeated Romanian Bobi Simion 3-0 in the final in Helsingborg. With the victory, Peter Rosenmeier can call himself European champion, world champion and Paralympic champion for the first time in his career. The 35-year-old Dane also picked up gold at the Dutch Open, Czech Open and Spanish Open and in November was selected to PL in Tokyo as the first Danish athlete.
The film is an entertaining drama about the birth of the Paralympic Games that came about in 1948. The remarkable Dr. Ludwig Guttmann had been an internationally recognized neurologist in Germany in his thirties, but his career had suffered under severe anti-Semitic laws prohibiting him from treating non-Jews. He fled Germany in 1939 and came to England. In 1944, he was given the opportunity to become a physician at a spinal cord department in Buckinghamshire.
The Best of Men is the story of how Stoke Mandeville Hospital has in a few years changed the treatment of spinal cord injury patients and was transformed into the site of the first Paralympic Games.
Guttmann - a remarkable character, funny, compassionate and charismatic - was the one who transformed the place. His big idea was sports, as a way to build strength and as an antidote to depression. He rejected the fatal care regime, challenged the negative staff and insisted on introducing the idea of physical therapy as medical treatment.
Duration: 90 min.
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