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.
After the towering ratings success of the Michael Jordan ten-part documentary series “The Last Dance,” ESPN is working with Tom Brady and Religion of Sports on “Man in the Arena,” a nine-episode multi-platform documentary series premiering in 2021.
The focus will be on another GOAT for his sport: Brady himself.
The series will be Brady’s firsthand account of the most iconic moments of his NFL career, including each of his nine Super Bowl appearances as quarterback of the New England Patriots.
Also included will be smaller, seemingly insignificant instances that became pivotal events and paved the path of the future Hall of Famer’s journey, which takes a new chapter after his move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the upcoming 2020 NFL season.
While the present-day Chicago Bulls are making big moves to try to return to NBA relevance, fans will be able to bask in the franchise’s glory days starting tonight with “The Last Dance,” the highly anticipated ten-part documentary series on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Bulls’ NBA title run.
“The Last Dance” goes behind the scenes to chronicle the entire 1997-98 season, which everyone from Jordan to coach Phil Jackson knew would be the team’s final run together.
With archival footage from the NBA, which received permission to film the team behind the scenes throughout the season, and countless interviews, it’s shaping up to be the definitive look at the team that dominated the 1990s.
The first two episodes of “The Last Dance” premiere tonight on ESPN at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm PT).
If you’re missing the NCAA tournament, “The Scheme” will make you less wistful — or at least, provide a reminder of big-money college basketball’s grimy underbelly, exploring a corruption scandal that makes the NCAA look bad, and actually makes the FBI look worse.
Sports fans should be familiar with the broad strokes of “The Scheme,” which focuses on the two-year FBI undercover investigation that exposed a plot to bribe assistant college basketball coaches to steer players to a management company run by 26-year-old Christian Dawkins.
Four coaches were arrested, involving universities that included USC, Arizona, Auburn, and Oklahoma State.
CrossFit fans might be frustrated that they’re stuck at home with most gyms across the country closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but their spirits will surely lift when they find out they’re getting an early gift.
The Buttery Bros—the documentary team behind some of the best-received films about the sport, such as “Fittest on Earth: The Story of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games” and “Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness”—have announced that they’ve released their new film, “The Fittest,” earlier than expected.
More people summit Mount Everest in an afternoon than have made it from Anchorage to Nome on a bicycle,” says the summary of “Safety to Nome,” a documentary that follows participants of the 2017 Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska.
The ITI is the human-powered equivalent of the Iditarod, in which participants travel the legendary 1,000-mile course via fat bike, foot, or skis instead of a dogsled.
And the filmmakers do not for a second let you forget just how difficult this is—which makes “Safety to Nome” both incredibly fun to watch and an excellent meditation on why outdoors people like to do nearly impossible things.