‘Athlete A’ trailer released ahead of June 24 Netflix premiere

By Patricia Duffy | June 17, 2020
'Athlete A' trailer released ahead of June 24 Netflix premiere
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“Athlete A,” a documentary film that delves into the world of elite gymnastics and the sexual abuse issues that have plagued it, will hit Netflix on June 24, and the streaming platform just dropped its official trailer.

The Netflix synopsis for the film reads, “An August 2016 article in the Indianapolis Star about USA Gymnastics protecting coaches accused of abuse leads to the explosive revelation that the USAG women’s team doctor, Larry Nassar, had been abusing athletes for over two decades. This film follows the IndyStar reporters as they reveal the extensive cover-up that allowed abuse to thrive within elite-level gymnastics for more than two decades, the attorney who is fighting the institutions that failed these athletes, and most importantly, the brave whistle-blowers who refuse to be silenced.”

Former NCAA gymnast and World champion Maggie Nichols, Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher, and former gymnast Rachael Denhollander all make appearances in the trailer and, along with family members and others in the gymnastics community, will be interviewed in the film.

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

Credit: Netflix

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 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 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 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.


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