VIDEO: Documentary details journey of Olympic and Paralympic athletes

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“Uncharted Waters,” a documentary following athletes on the U.S. Sailing Team Sperry, will explore what makes an elite athlete tick during the final year of their journey toward a spot on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams that will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Made possible by Sunbrella Fabrics, “Uncharted Waters” shows what it takes to be a top-ranked Olympic- and Paralympic-class sailor — from grueling travel around the world for competitions to balancing college and family life with the demands of an unrelenting training schedule.

“As a high-level sailing athlete with Olympic and Paralympic dreams, there are a lot of peaks and valleys throughout training and the athletes are constantly tested,” Josh Adams, managing director of U.S. Olympic Sailing, said in a statement. “You really have to be determined to get there in the end and to persevere through it all.”

Check out this video of Caleb Paine and his background as he recounts having “no money and a French guy yelling at me.”

The documentary includes the story of adaptive sailing team members Sarah Everhart-Skeels of Tiverton, R.I., and Cindy Walker of Plymouth, Mass., for whom sailing offered freedom from lower-body paralysis resulting from a cycling accident (Sarah) and a rare inflammatory disease (Cindy).

They are the only all-woman adaptive sailing team in their class, and making the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team in 2016 is likely their last chance to compete in the Paralympics because sailing has been removed from the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Viewers also can follow the story of two young guns, Paris Henken and Helena Scutt, who aim to race a new boat class for women in the 2016 Olympics: the fast, dynamic 49er FX. Henken suffered serious injuries after being hit by a competitor’s boat at a race in late 2013, and the duo’s story will follow their comeback and climb through the ranks.

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