Gymnasts React to Tokyo 2020 Postponement in New Double Episode of “All Around” on the Olympic Channel Premiering on 25 April


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MADRID – With the sports world reeling from the ramifications due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, China’s Chen Yile, Russia’s Angelina Melnikova and the United States’ Morgan Hurd learn that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 have been postponed by one year in a special double episode of All Around. The ninth and tenth episodes of the Olympic Channel’s original series premiere Saturday, 25 April on the IOC’s global Olympic Channel which is available at olympicchannel.com and its apps for mobile, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and the Roku platform.

Following the personal journeys of three elite gymnasts in their quest to compete at the Olympic Games, All Around is the Olympic Channel’s first original gymnastics documentary series.

Interweaving the stories and parallel journeys of Hurd, Melnikova and Chen, All Around provides viewers with unprecedented access to these elite athletes and everyday teenagers as they balance their personal lives, training regimens and competitions throughout the year.

In the upcoming double episode of All Around, the three gymnasts adjust to training under lockdown while grappling mentally with finding the motivation to continue under the circumstances. Upon the announcements of the postponement of Tokyo 2020, the athletes share their feelings as they contemplate moving forward while also taking time to reflect on their efforts over the past year, how they’ve matured and how they remain determined to achieve their Olympic dream.

“Ever since I was three, I’ve dreamed of being in the Olympics,” said Morgan. “With each experience I feel like I get even better. If not physically then mentally. I’ve been through so much already, what’s one more year.”

“I won’t lose motivation because of this. I’ve been practicing Gymnastics for 11 years. It is my biggest dream to compete in the Olympics,” said Yile. “Gymnastics aside, I think the most important thing is global health. I hope the pandemic will be over as soon as possible.”

“The health of the whole world is more important than our Olympics, and I can’t say that I regret anything or that I have trained in vain this past year,” said Angelina. “No one cancelled the Olympics, and my inspiration, motivation and desire to go there has not been cancelled either.”

Production of All Around is currently on hiatus until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In compliance with social distancing and stay at home guidelines, episodes nine and 10 were filmed in part by the athletes themselves using their mobile phones and interviews were conducted over video-conferencing platforms.

Produced exclusively for the Olympic Channel by Noah Media Group, All Around production crews have logged 120,000 miles, visited 20 cities, gone behind the scenes at 8 competitions and captured 450 hours on film to create the first 10 episodes.

Offering year-round coverage of Olympic sports and elite athletes in their quest for success, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Channel over-the-top (OTT) streaming service is available worldwide and subscription-free at olympicchannel.com, its mobile apps and on connected TV devices.

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Editor’s Notes:

The series is available with subtitles in one of 12 languages by selecting the “CC” button found on the lower right of the episode videos. Subtitles are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.