MADRID – The irony of being a world-class trampolinist unable to jump is not lost on Great Britain’s Bryony Page. How the elite athlete overcame Lost Move Syndrome (LMS) on her road to a silver medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 is featured in an all new episode of the Olympic Channel original series Against All Odds presented by Bridgestone.
Page, 27, made history at the Rio Games by becoming the first British woman to win an Olympic medal in trampoline. Trampoline made its debut on the Olympic programme at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000. Bryony’s victory was even more remarkable in that earlier in her career she suffered from a severe case of LMS, or a mental block, which causes the inability to perform athletic skills that were previously automatic.
“I had a huge loss of confidence in my own abilities, and I was constantly scared of doing the wrong thing and hurting myself,” said Page. “There was no way I was going to give up. I had to start from scratch rebuilding all my movements. Step by step. Jump by jump. Skill by skill. After two years of struggle I was finally back until I got the most important challenge of my life – being in the Olympics.”
Page began trampolining at age nine in her backyard in the village of Wrenbury. Since winning her first World Cup gold medal in 2012, Page has been crowned Britain’s national champion three times. She was also a member of the 2013 World Championship team, and the 2014 and 2016 European Championship teams. At Rio 2016, Bryony had the performance of a lifetime with an incredible routine that earned her an Olympic silver medal.
The journey behind athletes who embody the Olympic spirit are at the heart of the Olympic Channel’s documentary series Against All Odds presented by Bridgestone. Each episode is inspired by the story of an athlete who offers a first-person account of a key turning point in their life that demonstrates how personal will and determination helped them to overcome adversity and reach their goals.
The seventh instalment of the eight-episode series is now available worldwide on the Olympic Channel digital platform. Previous episodes of Against All Odds featuring the inspirational journeys of blind swimmer Enhamed Enhamed (ESP), bobsledder Bill Schuffenhauer (USA), rugby sevens’ Jerry Tuwai (FIJ), cross-country skier Petra Majdic (SLO), weightlifter Óscar Figueroa (COL) and sailor Santiago Lange (ARG) are also available.
Against All Odds is produced exclusively for the Olympic Channel by MediaPro from Spain.
The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform, global media destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.
Episode 1 – Against All Odds: Enhamed Enhamed: Desert and Gold
Episode 2 – Against All Odds: Bill Schuffenhauer: Silver Tale from Salt Lake City
Episode 3 – Against All Odds: Jerry Tuwai: Bringing Hope from the Slum to the Nation
Episode 4 – Against All Odds: Petra Majdic and the Miracle of Vancouver
Episode 5 – Against All Odds: Óscar Figueroa: A Colombian Hero’s Final Salvation
Episode 6 – Against All Odds: Santiago Lange Beats Cancer Then Wins Olympic Gold
Episode 7 – Against All Odds: Bryony Page Bounces Back from Lost Move Syndrome
About the Olympic Channel
The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform media destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in 11 languages. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone, Toyota and Alibaba. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.