New Documentary Sheds Light on Abuse of U.S. Gymnasts

Directed by Erin Lee Carr, At the Heart of Gold examines the 2017 Olympic scandal.


At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, a new documentary about the sexual abuse scandal that shook the sports world in 2017, will premiere on HBO in 2019. Directed by Erin Lee Carr (Mommy Dead and Dearest and Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop), the film depicts a landscape in which women spend their youth seeking victory on a world stage, juxtaposed against a culture where abuse prevails and lives are damaged forever.

Featuring exclusive interviews with survivors, At the Heart of Gold looks at the shocking stories of the gymnasts who made courageous efforts to reveal a dangerous system that prioritized winning over everything. It examines how abusers such as Dr. Larry Nassar, the osteopathic physician for the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, could go unchecked for so many years.

Producers David Ulich and Dr. Steven Ungerleider (Munich 72 and Beyond, Extremis) have been involved in the Olympic Movement for 40 years. Dr. Ungerleider’s best-selling book, Faust’s Gold, about the East German doping machine, has made him a leading authority on issues confronting the sports world.

The film is executive produced by Sarah Gibson, Michael Cascio, Gerald R. Molen.

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