Extra scene from The Equalizer (2016) feat. world record holder Sarah Hammer, her coach Andy Sparks, physiologist Greg Wells, sports scientist Steve Haake and Professor John Hart of the Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University. Narrated by David Suzuki for CBC’s The Nature of Things.
Steve Haake meets world champion track cyclist Sarah Hammer at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Sarah holds the current world record in the 3000 metre individual pursuit. Her training and bike are state of the art, and her skin-tight suit defeats air resistance. Steve challenges Sarah to compete on a level playing field against 1960s British track legend Beryl Burton.
About The Equalizer
Every year, athletes set new world records. But are today’s top performers really better than athletes of the past? In The Equalizer, Steve Haake, a top sports scientist based in the UK, investigates five major sporting events where technology is a factor. He travels to Canada, the US and Germany to meet five world-class athletes whose sport is impacted by the latest developments in technology.
For each of the athletes, Haake examines the variables that go into their winning performance – enhanced athletic gear, training, nutrition and psychology. Then, for the first time ever, Haake equalizes the playing field and challenges them to compete against a legendary athlete using equipment from a bygone era.
The Equalizer was co-produced by Kensington Communications (Canada) and Berlin Producers (Germany) for broadcast on CBC-TV’s THE NATURE OF THINGS (Canada), SRC (French Canada), Ici Explora (French Canada), ZDF (Germany), Arte (Germany/France) and other international broadcasters. Robert Lang is Executive Producer and Producer for Kensington Communications. Kristian Kaehler is Executive Producer for Berlin Producers. “The Equalizer” is directed by Rebecca Snow, written by Allen Booth and narrated by David Suzuki.