Athlete A is set to arrive on Netflix on June 24, though as reported by the Indianapolis Star – the same newspaper whose journalists worked to uncover the Nassar story – it was originally slated to debut at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, before it was canceled due to the novel coronavirus.
This documentary focuses on the gymnasts who survived USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s abuse and the reporters who exposed USAG’s toxic culture.
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 centers on “Athlete A,” the first gymnast to report Nassar’s abuse to USA Gymnastics. She’s now known to be Maggie Nichols, a former member of the national team who went on to have a thrilling career at the University of Oklahoma. In 2018, she came forward and identified herself as Athlete A; she and hundreds of fellow survivors were honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs later that year. The fallout from the Nassar scandal resulted in a domino effect that is still reverberating through the gymnastics world. As the film’s release shows, the conversation is far from over.