With his documentary No Excuses (2004), writer-director Matt Martin joins the 2002 U.S. Disabled Ski Team on a transcontinental journey across Europe, Canada and the U.S., as the members of that group undergo rigorous training and campaign to have disabled skiing qualified as one of the standard Olympic games. Martin observes, cameras rolling, as the members of the cadre, including Lee Joiner, Jason Lalla, Chris Waddell, Joe Tompkins, Lacey Heward and Chris Devlin Young, sit poised on the brink of the pivotal Salt Lake City Paralympic Games - a competition that finds paraplegics, amputee victims, blind participants and a myriad of other special-needs contenders meeting such challenges as the 2002 downhill ski slope. Through it all, the participants determine to not only fulfill their quest at the mainstream Olympics, but permanently change the public perception of the handicapped.
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