Athlete A: The Documentary That Launched a Global Crisis in Gymnastics

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Netflix released Athlete A on June 24, 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic. With COVID-19 restrictions leaving many stuck at home, the documentary was released to an audience eager to consume anything new on their streaming devices. But this is not the only reason for the film’s astounding impact. The film came out after four years of reporting of sexual assault by the American gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, yet many still had unanswered questions about how the gymnastics’ national governing body, United States of America Gymnastics (USAG), handled the case.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282–284
JournalJournal of Sport History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


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