The GDR may have been a small country, but it was a highly successful sporting nation. Its recruitment program picked out talented children and ruthlessly shaped their lives and bodies.

Director Sandra Kaudelka was herself one of its top athletes. At an early age she became part of the GDR's intensive sport's program. Although wholly uninterested in sports, she was discovered to be a talented diver. Her memories of the hated brutal training sessions she underwent on a daily basis still haunt her to this day. In this film, she sets off in seacrh of her athletic colleagues -- all proverbial, great sporting heroes' and she meets four people with very different stories; Brita Baldus, three time European diving champion; Ines Geipel who holds a world record in the relay; Olympic champion shot putter Udo Beyer; and Marita Koch, world record holder in the 400-meter-sprint.

I Will Not Lose reveals the toll on the lives and bodies a country  inflicted on its young athletes to realize its politcial ambitions.