Christmas is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing - there's a lot of TV watching on the horizon.
While you’ve got your Crimbo classics like Home Alone, Elf and Miracle on 34th Street, there are some cracking winter sports films to sink your teeth into that still give you the same festive vibes.
As part of our build-up to the holidays, we have picked out five of the best winter sports movies for you to watch this Christmas.
I, Tonya (2017)
Margot Robbie stars as Tonya Harding, the American figure skater whose legacy was stained when she became embroiled in a conspiracy after rival Nancy Kerrigan was injured before the 1994 Winter Olympics. The film tackles the smeared image of Harding and other things related to her life. ‘I, Tonya’ uses the mockumentary style to delve into one of sport’s greatest scandals. The film is stated to be based on “contradictory” and “true” interviews with Harding and her former husband Jeff Gillooly. It is left to the viewer to see the film as the truth or a version drawn up by Harding.
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
Taron Egerton stars in this winter spectacle based on the true story of Michael Edwards and his dreams of Olympic glory. The film is a feel-good comedy/drama and one that earned a lot of praise for both the performances of Egerton and Hugh Jackman, portraying his on-screen coach, who bounced really well off each other on screen - with both actors' performances receiving widespread praise from fans and critics alike.
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Cool Runnings (1993)
This 1993 classic utilises the comedic power of the late John Candy to loosely document Jamaica’s first ever bobsleigh team at the Winter Olympics in 1988. You have three failed Olympic sprinters, all of whom are very different, and a bumbling pushcart champion, who together bring this sporting story to life. While the film has comedic value, it has its valuable lessons too in teamwork, breaking barriers and achieving things that seemed impossible.
Blades of Glory (2007)
Certainly ones for those who love comedies and particularly comedies starring Will Ferrell. The American comedic actor stars as Chazz Michael Michaels, who along with Jon Heder’s Jimmy MacElroy, become the first all-male figure skating duo after hating each other when competing as individuals. It’s funny, cheesy and an easy watch for you and the family over Christmas.
Kurt Russell stars as the late Herb Brookes, the coach who led the US hockey team to the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The film follows Brookes as his team battle their way to the gold medal match in Lake Placid where they came up against the favourites for the event - the Soviet Union. The Americans stunned their opponents and the world to take the top prize in the match that was dubbed the "Miracle on Ice." If you are a huge fan of true stories then this is going to be right up your street.