‘Athlete A’ documentary set to premiere on Netflix on June 24

By Patricia Duffy | April 22, 2020
'Athlete A' documentary premieres on Netflix June 24

“Athlete A,” a documentary film that delves into the world of elite gymnastics and the sexual abuse issues that have plagued it, will be available to watch on Netflix on June 24.

The documentary is already listed on the streaming platform, and subscribers can save it to their list, so they are notified when it is available.

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The film was previously set to have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival before the festival was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This feature explores the work of the Indianapolis Star journalists who reported on the original “Out of Balance” report that would eventually lead to former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar being convicted for sexually abusing over 500 athletes. It chronicles the story from the beginning, hearing testimonies from gymnasts, like Maggie Nichols, who were survivors of Nassar.

Reporters Mark Alesia, Tim Evans, and Marisa Kwiatkowski, as well as investigations editor Steve Berta and visual journalist Robert Scheer, were the team behind the initial report that was released in 2016.

Nassar is now serving a prison sentence of up to 175 years.

Alvie Lindsay, the news and investigations director for IndyStar, said, “We see this documentary as another opportunity for this important work to reach a wider audience and bring greater attention to the need for meaningful reform that protects children.”

The prosecutor in the case credited IndyStar and Rachael Denhollander, the first victim to identify herself by name, as the entities who “finally started this reckoning.”

The film’s title, “Athlete A,” refers to Maggie Nichols, who was the first athlete to file a complaint about Nassar to USAG in 2015.

Athlete A, directed by Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk. Produced by Serin Marshall, Jen Sey, Julie Parker Benello. (USA) – World Premiere. In the riveting Athlete A, filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk delve into the world of elite competitive gymnastics and the toxic culture within that allowed sexual abuse to go on for decades unchecked. A Netflix Release.