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Athlete A: Netflix documentary explores ‘one of greatest scandals in sports history’

Film explores ‘extensive cover-up’ in gymnastics

Jacob Stolworthy
Wednesday 24 June 2020 09:20 BST
Athlete A - trailer

Netflix has just announced a new documentary about “one of the greatest scandals in the history of sports”.

The streaming service will release a feature-length look at the attempts made by Indianapolis reporters to unveil an “extensive cover-up” in USA Gymnastics.

Titled Athlete A, the film follows the story of a two-year investigation into claims of abuse, which saw Olympics doctor Larry Nassar imprisoned and dozens of coaches banned from the sport.

It will detail how abusers were “allowed to thrive”, with hundreds of brave survivors speaking out about their experience.

The title refers to Maggie Nichols, who was called “Athlete A” after becoming the first survivor to come forward with her story.

It is one of several big releases for Netflix in June following the final season of 13 Reasons Why, Spike Lee film Da 5 Bloods and the conclusion to German time travel drama Dark.

Find a full list of everything coming to Netflix this month here.

Athlete A will be released on 24 June.

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