If you look hard enough, you can find reason to think of “Athlete A” as an uplifting movie about a young woman who overcame hardship and found success on her own terms – because that’s what Maggie Nichols, the gymnast who left the U.S. Gymnastics team to become a celebrated college champion, did.
But you’ll be hard-pressed to leave “Athlete A” thinking about Nichols’ triumph, because it comes almost as an afterthought to the documentary’s devastating indictment of the culture of mental and physical abuse that flourished for years at USA Gymnastics.
The climate was fostered by a win-at-all-costs mentality imported from Romania, and included a determination to not just ignore but cover up widespread sexual abuse of the athletes, even if that meant that more young girls would be abused.
“Athlete A” is available now on Nefflix.
Read the story at TheWrap.
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