Personal Best follows women on the American track-and-field team training to represent their country at the 1980 Olympics. However, their dreams of competing are sidetracked when the United States decides to boycott the Games for political reasons. Ultimately, the women are only left with the "personal best" results they ran while training. Mariel Hemingway stars, as does real-life track-and-field athlete Patrice Donnelly, in this film that has also been praised for exploring same-sex relationships among runners. Robert Towne, who directed Without Limits, helmed this picture as well.