Weekend Watch Guide on the Olympic Channel


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MADRID –  Keep yourself in an Olympic state of mind with inspirational athlete stories and some of the most memorable moments behind the Olympic Games.

From feature-length films to short-form digital episodes, the Olympic Channel library of original content features something for everyone with more than 70 series and 500 episodes developed with best-in-class production companies from more than 25 countries.

For 24/7 streaming options, fan can tune into the new “Classic Finals Channel” showing non-stop action from Olympic event finals as they happened from past Games, and the “Olympic Ceremonies Channel” featuring Opening and Closing Ceremonies from the Summer and Winter Games held during the past 30 years.

The Olympic Channel is available worldwide at olympicchannel.com and its apps for mobile, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and the Roku platform. No TV or cable subscription is required to watch Olympic Channel original programming.

Here’s a list of much-watch Olympic Channel original films and binge-worthy inspirational series to get you started:

DOCUMENTARIES FROM ACCLAIMED FILMMAKERS

The Nagano Tapes

There’s a reason why the story of these Czech ice hockey underdogs is the most watched documentary on Olympic Channel. Featuring the sport’s biggest stars including Dominic Hasek and Jaromir Jagr whose vivid recollections prove the win was more than a miracle. If you haven’t watched the story of the first Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament featuring pros from the NHL at the 1998 Nagano Games, you’re missing out!

The Golden Generation

An intimate look at how a once-in-a-generation Argentina team, led by Spurs legend Manu Ginobili, brought down the USA’s “Dream Team” and won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. The story behind this historic run reunites the country’s homegrown heroes who revisit the moment that captured the nation is directed by the award-winning team of Juan José Campanella and Camilo Antolini.

The People’s Fighters

Directed and narrated by boxing fan Peter Berg, The People’s Fighters takes an in-depth look at Cuba’s overwhelming history of success in the sport of boxing. Over the past 50 years, and despite being a nation of only 11 million residents, Cuba has produced more Olympic boxing medallists than any other country taking home 73 medals in the sport, 38 of which are gold. The documentary spotlights the legendary careers of gold medallists Teofilo Stevenson and Felix Savon, the triumphs and challenges faced by Cuban boxing, and the rising local talent paving a future for the sport today.

Running in North Korea

Before social distancing became the norm, Olympians Aimee Fuller and Mirjam Jaeger cut themselves off from the world to travel to North Korea to run in the 2019 Pyongyang Marathon. The two athletes spent a week meeting fellow Olympians and learning about the local sports culture in the most isolated country in the world.

Shredding Monsters

Catch a wave with surfing legend Garrett McNamara and other big wave stars as they take on swells from Nazaré to Mavericks and test their skills on mother nature’s playground. California’s teen surfing sensation Luca Padua and Hawaii’s Emily Erickson join the gang in the sequel. Hang on for two gnarly films!

BINGE-WORTHY INSPIRATION

All Around

Following the personal journeys of three elite gymnasts in their quests to achieve their Olympic dreams, All Around interweaves the stories and parallel journeys of America’s Morgan Hurd, Russia’s Angelina Melnikova and China’s Chen Yile. The follow-thru doc is told is near real-time providing viewers with unprecedented access to these world-class athletes and everyday teenagers as they balance their personal lives, training regimens and competitions throughout the year.

Take the Podium

For clean athletes who were denied their place on the podium by doped athletes, the path to redemption has been long, painful and costly. Don’t miss the emotional first-person stories of clean athletes who finally got the Olympic medals they deserved including 2014 Team USA two-man and four-man bobsled teams led by the late Steven Holcomb.

Hitting the Wall

Ever wonder what it takes to train like an Olympian? Fitness influencers including the likes of The Buff Dudes travel the world to take on the intense workouts of Olympic athletes like two-time Olympic medallist Laurie Hernandez. The world-class gymnast is known for her big smile when performing, but demonstrates the dedication and toughness required of an elite athlete to compete at the highest level.

The Z Team

Some of the most unaccomplished youth sports teams receive a helping hand from a game-changing coach and Olympic legend for whom losing is not an option in this humorous and emotional docu-reality series. Olympic “super coaches” include “Dream Team” Olympic gold medallist, Duke University basketball legend and former NBA star Christian Laettner, Cameroon Olympic gold medallist and former Arsenal defender Lauren [Etamé Meyer], Brazilian Olympic gold medallist in beach volleyball Jackie Silva, and USA Rugby Coach Mike Friday.

Identify

Features the inspiring journeys of five transgender athletes and how sport helped them find their true identities. Athletes Chloe Anderson (volleyball player), Schuyler Bailar (swimmer), Harrison Browne (hockey player), Pat Manuel (boxer) and Chris Mosier (triathlete) each share their personal stories of the challenges and triumphs they’ve endured while facing gender and identity issues in their desire to compete.

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The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Channel is an over-the-top (OTT) global media destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Through inspirational stories, athlete interviews, breaking news, live events, original programming and exclusive behind-the-scenes content, the Olympic Channel provides fans with a dedicated media platform to follow the stories behind the athletes anytime and on any device.

Olympic Channel Originals are available with subtitles in one of 12 languages by selecting the “subtitle icon” 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.