Despite the recent global surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the 2022 Winter Olympics are still slated to begin in February, and Peacock has announced a slate of original docs to coincide with the Games.
The NBCUniversal-owned streaming service will air three original documentaries and series leading up to the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, which are scheduled to run from Feb. 4 to 20.
First, Meddling digs into the Olympic figure skating scandal that occurred at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, which saw Canada’s representatives in the pairs competition narrowly defeated by their Russian competitors. Accusations of a vote-swapping scheme among the judges ultimately resulted in an International Olympic Committee panel jointly awarding gold medals to both pairs.
The four-part docuseries covers the careers and personal lives of each of the skaters involved — Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada, and Russia’s Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze — as well as the judge at the center of the scandal, Marie-Reine Le Gougne. Archival footage from the Games and the events surrounding the competition is supplemented by present-day interviews with skaters, judges, commentators, and the accused “fixer” in the scheme.
Meddling is executive produced by Tara Lipinski and Todd Kapostasy, and will premiere its first two episodes on Thursday, Jan.6. New episodes will follow weekly.
Next, filmmaker Frank Marshall and former Olympic alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn co-direct and executive produce Picabo, which premieres on Jan. 21. The film profiles Picabo Street, a former world champion American alpine ski racer who won Olympic gold in 1998.
Picabo chronicles Street’s life from her childhood in Idaho, through to her Olympic successes and comebacks from ill-timed injuries, as well as her 2015 arrest over assault allegations that were later dismissed. The film includes behind-the-scenes footage of Street’s personal life and an interview with Vonn, for whom Street was an aspirational figure.
The third doc, American Rock Stars, will premiere on Jan. 26. Narrated by Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman, the four-part series profiles John Shuster and his team of self-proclaimed “scrappy regular guys from Middle America” as they prepare to defend their Olympic gold medal in curling at the 2022 Games.
Sports Emmy winner Scott Boggins (24/7) will direct the series, which aims to show to delve into the personal lives of Shuster’s team.
Peacock also plans to stream upcoming events to be held at the 2022 Winter Olympics.