Chariots of Fire is a great movie about great runners. It mostly follows the athletic career of Olympic sprinter Eric Liddell. Liddell famously won the gold in the 400 meters at the 1924 summer games in Paris after refusing to run his best event, the 100-meter dash, for religious reasons.

Before the Olympics, Liddell ran at the University of Edinburgh against his nemesis: Cambridge sprinter Harold Abrahams. Abrahams would have been the fastest man in Europe if it weren’t for Liddell, and he knew it.

After losing one particularly heartbreaking heat to Liddell, Abrahams laments to his girlfriend, Sybil Gordon, that if he can’t win he won’t run. Gordon logically responds that if he doesn’t run he can’t win.

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