04 Jan, 2023
By FactsWow Team
Athlete A follows the Indianapolis Star reporter as he uncovers one of the biggest sports controversies of this century, revealing hundreds of reports of sexual assault against US gymnast Larry Nassar. Led by gymnast Maggie Nichols, the case follows Simone Biles and Ally Raisman a year after the documentary premiered. It didn't come until testifying in a Senate Judiciary Hearing.
Nearly every documentary on this list owes a fraction of Last Chance U's success. Dating back to Netflix's prehistory, director Greg Whiteley brought a camera crew to his college in the East Mississippi community to meet a football player. The resulting six seasons are a feat of filmmaking.
Cheer didn't become a national sensation for no reason. The documentary follows his squad of gorgeous cheerleaders at Navarro College, chronicling the sport's pain, triumph, and sheer beauty. Plus, there's the drama when you meet Monica Aldama and Radarius Marshall. What's fun without?
What about a series that delves into a country notoriously indifferent to F1? It shows the inner workings of an athlete. Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, and others are here. Thanks to them, everyone wants to go fast.
Think of Untold as a 30-year-old grumpy little brother in his 30s. Much like the long-running ESPN series, Untold favors sports stories. Manti Teo's catfish fishing scandal, the 1983 America's Cup, and Maris in the Palace. Next? The one and only Johnny Manziel.
There is a reason people say Michael Jordan when asked about the amazing athlete of all time. With two separate championship trebles to his name, if Michael played, the trophy was almost certain to be his. The Last Dance, which chronicles Jordan's epic career, also looks at the people who made Jordan a star: NBA legends Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and coach Phil Jackson.
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Tired of overproduced sports documentaries that claim to have the true story of an icon but are just an intact statue of their subject? Check out Basketball or Nothing, featuring a group of high school ballers from the Navajo's largest high school. You meet a group of young men who love hopping hoops. It's the egoless antidote the sport needs right now.
Credits: Basketball or Nothing
After winning back-to-back Grand Slam tennis titles at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open, Naomi Osaka is at the forefront of the sport. But not long after, Osaka stepped back into the pandemic to focus on her mental health. People praised and derided the decision. #BlackLivesMatter Thanks to the inspiration from her movement, she hoped to return to her 2020 US Open and take her camera crew with her to win it again.
The 2008 Redeem Team had a lot to prove, following in the footsteps of Dream Team, the 1992 gold medal-winning US men's Olympic basketball team. LeBron James, the late Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Coach K, and Carmelo Anthony have traveled to Beijing to make amends after failing to win gold in Athens four years ago.
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