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E171 | Gabe Polsky: In Search Of Greatness

The Art Of Coaching

The greatest athletes, inventors, artists and minds have something in common…  Of course they all have incredible work ethics, support systems and above average talent and luck- but those qualities don’t differentiate the great from the very best.  In truth- there is no template for world class performance. So what is it that separates them?  According to our guest, Gabe Polsky- an award-winning Writer, Director, Producer and one of the top documentary filmmakers in the world of sports and beyond- the one attribute that separates the elite from the great is their creativity, improvisation and ability to turn disadvantage into strength. How does he know? In 2018 Gabe wrote, directed, and produced In Search of Greatness— a cinematic journey into the secrets of genius, as told through the greatest athletes of all time. It was released theatrically to critical acclaim and was nominated for several awards, including a WGA Award.  He also Executive Produced Genius, the 10 time Emmy® nominated TV show on National Geographic about Albert Einstein in 2017. Most recently, Gabe wrote, directed, and produced the feature documentary Red Penguins which premiered to acclaim at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. In this episode, we learn what it’s like to interview and direct the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice and Pelé and why he’d go so far as to compare their dedication to the craft as neurosis.  Connect with Gabe:  Via Twitter: @gabepolsky Via IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2126907/ Interested in learning about the film? https://www.insearchofgreatness.com Watch here: https://www.amazon.com/Search-Greatness-Wayne-Gretzky/dp/B07P5X99P5 If you enjoyed this episode, we’d greatly appreciate it if you left us a review. Like any mom and pop shop, we rely on word of mouth and our online reviews. If you have even just an extra minute- tell us what you think!  Guys, one last thing. If you’re in search of truly superior nutrition supplements- from the very basics to elite performance products- check out our sponsor Momentous. They’ve been with us since the beginning and they are the ONLY nutritional supplement product I work with. Code BRETT25 gets you 25% off your first order and 15% off any future orders!

1hr 14mins

7 Jun 2021

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#15 - Gabe Polsky

Behind the Movement

Gabe Polsky is an acclaimed documentary film director, writer, and producer.  His films include In Search of Greatness and, most recently, Red Penguins.  During this conversation, Gabe shares about his journey from competitive hockey to film making.  He and Kyle talk about creativity, and the role generalization plays in its development.  And, Gabe discusses his latest film and future ambitions in feature films.  

1hr 11mins

13 Aug 2020

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Red Penguins director Gabe Polsky

The Drive

The answer to a sports world starving for content!  The inside story of the incredible true story involving gangsters, strippers and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink.  Red penguins tells the wild forgotten melodrama of capitalism and opportunism run amok in Moscow. We chatted with the the director. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


5 Aug 2020

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EP 9 - Director GABE POLSKY talks his new film, RED PENGUINS and the influence of Russian hockey in the NHL.

The Bob McCown Podcast

EPISODE 8 - Acclaimed documentary director, GABE POLSKY joins the show to talk about his new film, RED PENGUINS. An amazing story about Penguins owner Howard Baldwin and his plight to run a Russian hockey franchise. Also, the influence of Russian hockey in the NHL and his thoughts on the 1987 Canada Cup!  Red Penguins is available On Demand -  August 4th. Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W90-iWQkExE&feature=youtu.be


4 Aug 2020

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EITM interviews Gabe Polsky

Elliot In The Morning

EITM interviews Gabe Polsky


31 Jul 2020

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Gabe Polsky: The Producer Behind "In Search of Greatness" Documentary

Compete Like a Champion

The producer and director of the documentary In Search of Greatness, Gabe Polsky, joins Coach Johnny and Dr. Larry to discuss his thoughts on creativity in sport, coaching for creativity and coaching it out of youth. We go deep into several of the themes in the documentary including parenting talented athletes, the need to be creative to survive, the rage to master and balancing freedom and control. Gabe talks about his own creativity in developing the documentary, and how frustration is a part of that process.

1hr 13mins

13 Jul 2020

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Episode 101 - Gabe Polsky

The Hockey Think Tank Podcast

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on acclaimed filmmaker Gabe Polsky...who produced and directed two major hockey films that have circulated the hockey world with "In Search of Greatness" and "Red Army".  Gabe also was a hockey player himself, having played growing up in Chicago and then Division One at Yale University.  In this conversation, we talk a lot about the film "In Search of Greatness" where Gabe interviews Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice, Pele, and other academic authors on why/how the Greatest of All Time became that way.  We talk: -Sport Specialization -Passion -Building Hockey Sense/Game Sense -Providing the right environment for development -Much More!!This is a film that is a must-watch for any parent, player, or coach with dreams of achieving great things.  Gabe does such an amazing job with this movie, and it was enlightening talking to him about it on our podcast.  Thank you to all of our listeners for continuing to tune in, and thank you to our title sponsor GelStx for supporting our podcast! *Opening music: Forget the Whale - Take to the Skies (Instrumental) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 14mins

20 Apr 2020

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Bonus Episode: "In Search of Greatness" with Film Director Gabe Polsky

Way of Champions Podcast

If you have not yet watched In Search of Greatness, you will want to after this incredible discussion with the movie’s director Gabe Polsky. We dive deep into his time with some of the greatest athletes of our time, including Wayne Gretzky, Pelé, & Jerry Rice. The film also features Muhammad Ali, Einstein, David Bowie, Serena Williams, Michael Jordan among others.     During our conversation, Gabe shares his insights about the film and his own observations about the status of youth sports and the journey some people go on to to becoming the greatest of all time.        Highlights from the Podcast: Gabe explains the inspiration for the film How did Gabe select which athletes to interview? What comes first, happiness or winning? How does a guy like Wayne Gretzky not get filtered out of the system? What are some characteristics of the greatest athletes of all time? Gabe share his ideas for coaches on how to create an environment for greatness What should a coach study to be a great coach?   Through the eyes of the greatest athletes of all time, IN SEARCH OF GREATNESS is a cinematic journey into the secrets of genius. Click here to watch the full trailer.      Resources mentioned: In Search of Greatness https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8236398/ 30 Second Trailer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qizotoo0ryixgk7/IN%20SEARCH%20OF%20GREATNESS%20Featurette.mov?dl=0 Link to Full Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-B9CVCcLrM&t=5s Every Moment Matters, by John O’Sullivan   Connect with Gabe Polsky Twitter: @gabepolsky Email: info@polskyfilms.com Website: https://www.insearchofgreatness.com   Announcements: 5th Annual Way of Champions Conference registration is open! We will be in Colorado Springs, CO June June 26-28. Click here for more information.      Help support the podcast and become a Podcast Champion  …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses. Check out https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions for more information.


28 Jan 2020

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30: Sports Innerview 10/12/2019 - Mark Landsman, Gabe Polsky

Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori

Ann talks to two individuals with films premiering in the Hamptons International Film Festival: Mark Landsman, Director of ‘Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer’ and to Gabe Polsky, the Producer/Director of ‘Red Penguins’ and ‘In Search of Greatness,’ revealing the true nature of the greatest athletes of all time.


13 Oct 2019

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29: Sports Innerview 10/05/2019 - Mark Beech, Gabe Polsky

Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori

Ann talks with Mark Beech, author of ‘THE PEOPLE’S TEAM: An Illustrated History of the Green Bay Packers,’ commemorating the team’s 100-year anniversary; and to award-winning film maker, Gabe Polsky, who wrote, produced and directed ‘Red Penguins,’ about the bazaar journey of the joint venture between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team that redefined what was possible in the new Russia during a lawless era when oligarchs made their fortunes and multiple murders went unsolved.


6 Oct 2019