The Will To Fly
WE ALL know the name ‘Lydia Lassila’ and the amazing career that she has had as an aerials skier and the new documentary ‘The Will to Fly’ shows her path to Olympic glory and beyond.
However, the documentary is much more than that, it’s a moving testament to the strength of character that Lydia has and the utter determination she had to follow her goals.
This is a film not just for the sport and snow lovers, it’s a movie for anyone who believes in the power of dreams and the determination it takes to be the best.
Lydia took the time to answer questions for the Australian Alpine News.
AAN: How do you feel overall about the film?
LL: I feel really proud of it. It’s a great film with strong themes that will inspire and motivate others to follow their dreams. To be able to have a positive affect on others is truly humbling.
AAN: How did the film come about?
LL: I was approached by ex teammate Katie Bender who was working on films in LA and had a strong passion for sports documentaries. I filled her in on my ambitions to return to aerial skiing as a mum and to be the first woman to perform a quad -twisting -triple somersault and she thought that would make a great story.
AAN: You’ve made it no secret that you wanted to win an Olympic gold medal and when that was not going to happen with gymnastics, what did you originally think when you were told you should become an aerial skier?
LL: The whole idea of skiing was completely foreign to me so I really didn’t know what to expect. But as soon as I started, I was hooked and loved every minute. Then my competitive spirit kicked in and I just wanted to be the best.
AAN: You worked so hard to win that gold medal in 2010 at Vancouver and your rise to the top of the sport was incredible, but where did that strength and determination come from?
LL: I think it’s always been in me even as a young gymnast. My dream was to win the Olympics and I’ve always loved the Olympic movement and what it stands for. The idea of being the best in the world at something was always a big driver for me, so motivation was never a problem despite a few bumps in the road along the way.
AAN: Not content with being the best female in the world, you then set out to conquer the jumps normally reserved for the male aerialists, is this still a move you are happy you went with in the final at the Sochi games?
LL: Absolutely. I had the opportunity to do it and I have never regretted that decision. I’ve always wanted to raise the bar in women’s aerials and prove women were just as capable of doing the same tricks as the men. It was a personal ambition since I started the sport and just as important as winning an Olympic gold medal.
AAN: What’s in store for Lydia for 2016?
LL: Well, I’m a busy mum of two energetic boys, we’re building our home at the moment and I also run my own business called BodyICE- we specialise in ice and heat packs for injuries.
I’m also happy to say that we just got the approval for a world class water ramp training facility to be built in Lennox Head. I have been and will be heavily involved with that facility and I’m back in training and contemplating a 5th Olympics.
The Will to Fly is currently showing in selected cinemas across Australia.