Marina del Rey, CA. – October 14, 2015. This summer, espnW launched a new original series, What Makes Us, comprised of five documentary shorts featuring some of the world’s greatest female athletes and their journeys to become sports icons. The series is produced in collaboration with the sibling directing team, the Mundo Sisters, who previously directed the popular espnW Original Nine for IX Short: Rowdy Ronda Rousey.
Co-director Rena Mundo Croshere added, “What Makes Us is a series about heroes and underdogs, about struggle and triumph. We wanted to portray these amazing female athletes in an epic and cinematic way because we believe that how we depict women in media influences what women believe is possible for themselves.”
The first three films of the series focused on soccer sensations Sydney Leroux “SYD,” Megan Rapinoe “PINOE” and Veronica Boquete “VERO” and the fourth film on professional surfer Carissa Moore “RISS.” The series will conclude Thursday, October 15th with two-time Olympic silver medalist Hilary Knight’s film “KNIGHTER” at 9am PST/Noon EST on espnW.com. The five competitors highlighted in this groundbreaking series are changing the perception of what young women can do and, in the process, are becoming modern day heroines.
“There is a fire that drives the greatest athletes from within,” said Alison Overholt, editor- in-chief, espnW. “Discovering and sharing the stories of where that drive originates – what experiences have forged these women into the champions they are today – is the beauty of the series.”
Knight’s film is an intimate portrait that illustrates how the five-time world champion’s journey began, the struggles she overcame to achieve her dreams and the way she hopes to inspire the next generation of athletes.
“I am honored to be a part of this amazing series with espnW. It’s truly humbling to be able to share a part of my story with fans and people worldwide and share similar experiences with my teammates,” said Knight. “I am so lucky to be able to love what I do and fight for a sport alongside my teammates and many other talented and brilliant female athletes. This is only the beginning for women in sports.”
For more information or to schedule an interview with Hilary Knight, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Makes Us: KNIGHTER (Hilary Knight)
Debuts Thursday, October 15, on espnW.com
When Olympic medalist Hilary Knight was five, she told her grandmother she was going to be in the Olympics for hockey. Her grandmother’s response was, “Girls don’t play hockey.” Playing on all-boys teams in the Chicago suburbs was the only option for Knight to pursue her dream. On those teams, she endured harassment, aggression on the ice and snide comments from other parents. She almost gave up. Luckily for the sport, her mother helped her get through the bullying. Knight went on to become the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey team and is considered one of the greatest female ice hockey players in the world. In KNIGHTER, she describes the obstacles she overcame, how the Gold Medal Game in Sochi changed the public’s view of women’s ice hockey, and her quest to help young girls feel confident to play the sport they love.