BEING AP (DVD).
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Legendary steeplechase jockey AP McCoy battled through concussions, broken vertebras, shoulder blades, punctured lungs and lost teeth in effort be the world’s best steeplechase jockey. For twenty years he leaped over treacherous fences and daunting ditches on horseback as he raced his way to the top of his sport. His maniacal obsession with winning combined with a supernatural ability to earn a horse’s trust, McCoy rose to heights that will likely never be matched in jump racing or any other sport. Champion jockey for 20 consecutive years, nearly twice as dominant as Tiger Woods was to golf.
Directed by award-winning British filmmaker Anthony Wonke, Being AP takes viewers on an unflinching ride through the final year of McCoy’s career and his decision to quit riding while he was at the top of his game. Raw and uncensored footage offers a glimpse into the mind of a man so consumed by winning that he teeters on the verge of self-destruction.
This is a story about a professional athlete who walks away from a job that has defined his entire life. He is a hero in Britain and Ireland and a man who regularly made headlines in European sports pages.
“I want to go out while I still enjoy riding and am still relatively at the top,” he told reporters after the race.
“I love racing, and I’m probably the only person who is going to miss bouncing off the floor…I know I am never going to find anything to replace that buzz.”