With just months to go before the Tokyo Olympics in July, Peacock is partnering with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s digital media company Uninterrupted on a series following several U.S. gymnasts competing for a spot on the American Olympic team.
Golden: The Journey of USA’s Elite Gymnasts is a six-episode docuseries focusing on five top competitors vying for four spots on Team USA’s women’s gymnastics team at this year’s Olympic Games. James and Carter both serve as executive producers.
Katy Murakami will showrun Golden, with Harrison Macks and JP Stiles working as directors and executive producers on the series and Camille Maratchi as co-executive producer.
The series will cover how the athletes’ training was altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which delayed the Tokyo Olympics to this summer, after it was originally scheduled for 2020. It is part of Peacock’s larger countdown to Olympic programming this summer.
Golden will follow 2016 Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez (pictured), along with 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd, 2019 World Championships team members Sunisa Lee and MyKayla Skinner, and Konnor McClain, who only just became old enough to qualify for the Olympics after it was delayed to this year.
Three-time Olympian gymnast Dominique Dawes, who was part of the gold medal-winning American gymnastics team at the 1996 Games, will also serve as an executive producer, along with Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron from Uninterrupted.
“These gymnasts have and will continue to endure physical, emotional and mental hurdles that most cannot fathom,” Dawes said in a statement.
“The millions of viewers who watch the Summer Games are accustomed to witnessing the short-lived glory of the podium without truly understanding the demands these young female athletes face.”
Major events on the road to Tokyo such as the U.S. Gymnastics Championships and U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which start June 24, will also be featured.
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