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Story of survival

I was watching ESPN earlier and did you know that Chris Connolly (spelling could be wrong) from MTV is now reporting for ESPN?   How strange is that?  But I digress.

The story Chris was reporting was that of the Uruguay rugby team, the Old Christians, whose plane crashed in the Andes on their way to Chile for a rugby match.  They were stranded in the Andes for 60 some days.   They survived by eating the flesh of their dead teammates.

Two of the survivors, Nando Parado and Roberto Canessa walked out of the Andes to get help.   They came a cross a farmer who got them the help they needed.  35 years later, the team of survivors (16 in total) have “adopted” the farmer and even helped him get a hip replacement he needed earlier this year.

They were rescued 35 years ago last week.  There was a book written and a movie produced.   I’ve read the book and watched the movie countless times.   The movie is one of my favorite movies of all time.   It’s kind of morbid, but it shows the teamwork and affection the teammates had for each other.  Ethan Hawke plays the role of Nando Parado while John Malkovich plays the narrator of the story, Carlitos Paez.

As I was watching the story on ESPN, I cried.  Again.   I think I’ve cried every time I’ve seen the movie or heard their story.  Friendship.  Dedication.  Survival.  Compassion.  All in a days work for them.

Some of the sons of the survivors have gone on to play rugby and for the first time in 17 years, the Old Christians won the title of the tournament.   The surviving teammates recently played the match against the Chile team they were supposed to 35 years ago.

Until next time…

One Response to “Story of survival”

  • Mister Scott says:

    the book “alive” (I can’t recall the other) is based on this story and was recently named one of national geographic’s top 100 adventure books list (and was made into a pretty good movie, too) pretty powerful stuff…

    this is probably the only thing i would care to see on espn… 😉