Last Christmas, Laura Hillenbrand’s New York Times bestseller, Unbroken, came to life on the screen. The movie tells the remarkable story of Louis Zamperini, a bombardier for the Army Air Corps in World War II.
Prior to his enlistment, Zamperini showed incredible skill in running. In 1934, he set the national high school mile record of 4:21.2 – a record that would stand for almost two decades. Four years later, he set the national collegiate mile record as well, running a 4:08.3. Zamperini won two NCAA mile titles in 1938 and 1939 while at the University of Southern California.
Zamperini also competed on an international level at 19 years old. In 1936, he represented the United States in the Berlin Olympics, where he finished 8th in the 5000 meter in 14:46.8.
While serving in the Army Air Corps, Zamperini survived against incredible odds, including a plane crash into the Pacific and over two years as a prisoner of war in three different Japanese prisoner of war camps.
Unbroken comes out on Blu-ray and DVD next Tuesday, and Chicago Athlete has five copies to give away. To enter, simply click here and fill out the form. The giveaway closes on April 2.