Netflix's Athlete A trailer digs into the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal
The 2016 USA Gymnastics scandal, which exposed team doctor Larry Nassar as an abuser who had been sexually assaulting his charges for more than two decades, rocked the world.
With Athlete A, Netflix is digging into the scandal, specifically turning an eye to the investigative reporting that went into exposing Nassar and the brave women who spoke out.
The documentary, which just unveiled its trailer, follows the story from an August 2016 article in the Indianapolis Star uncovering how USA Gymnastics protected coaches accused of abuse. Per Netflix, "It follows the IndyStar reporters as they reveal the extensive cover-up that allowed abuse to thrive within elite-level gymnastics for decades, the attorney fighting the institutions who failed these athletes, and the brave whistleblowers who refuse to be silenced."
EW critic Leah Greenblatt praised the documentary for its focus on giving voice to the survivors, something evident in the trailer. "What co-directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk rightly focus on here is not the man himself but the young women — Olympians, gold medalists, and local amateurs among them — he preyed on," she wrote. "In the process, it grants them something Nassar never did: the right to be not merely victims or objects of prurient fascination, but whole human beings with their own stories to tell."
This isn't the first documentary to delve into the scandal. Last year, HBO released At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, directed by Erin Lee Carr. It was based on years of research by producers Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich and features testimonials from the athletes at the center of the story.
Athlete A hits Netflix June 24. Watch the trailer above.