• Lydia Lassila of Australia competes in the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Aerials Finals Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics February 14, 2014 . (Clive Mason/Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Lydia Lassila's dogged determination is captured in the movie, The Will to Fly, out today. It follows her journey to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and her quest to perform the hardest acrobatic move ever in women's aerial skiing history.
Lydia Lassila

10 Mar 2016 - 3:45 PM  UPDATED 10 Mar 2016 - 3:46 PM

It was my lowest hour in sport.  The 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games. It was the second time I busted my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). It blew five months before.

I was pretty emotionally scarred, mentally, and physically.

People ask me, how do you come back from something like that? 

Hard work! 

I truly believe that if you want to find a way to reach your goals despite setbacks you certainly can and you can make positives out of any situation.

Throughout that time there wasn't a part of me that wanted to quit, I definitely didn't want to end my career there.

I was lucky to have a distraction. A business idea which is still going strong today. It was a light bulb moment I ironically experienced when the ice applied to my injury at the 2006 games started dripping. 

But I knew I needed to take the time to rehab properly and go back to the drawing board and just build from scratch. 

You know the rest. I came back and won gold in Vancouver in 2010. In between the 2010 and 2014 games we had Kai, who's now four. 

He travelled the world with me preparing for the 2014 games in Sochi. You can imagine that was a bit of a challenge.   

In 2010, I already achieved my goal of winning Olmpic gold. At Sochi, I didn't want just gold, I wanted to land a quadruple-twisting triple jump.

That seemed to interest the production crew of The Will to Fly. They thought there was a story in it. I'm not a big self-promoter so part of me was like "What? Why would they want to do a movie about me?” 

The Will to Fly also covers how a school holiday beach-bum Australian with Sicilian/Cypriot parents ends up aerial skiing.  

I didn't think the movie would ever really happen. I kept thinking maybe they would just change their minds and it would all go away. 


But it's out today. And I'm really proud of the messages it puts out. It is a really positive story. It was nice to be a part of something meaningful that will actually make a difference.


Film details

The Will to Fly opens today in limited release around the country. Check your local movie guides. 

Some reviews: 

"A revealing exploration of the very nature of the competitive spirit." Sydney Morning Herald 

"A surprisingly compelling sports documentary, The Will To Fly traces the long and winding path taken by Lassila to reach this career-defining moment." Herald Sun