MADRID – With less than one year to go to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the second episode of All Around, titled “No Summer Break”, features the United States’ Morgan Hurd, Russia’s Angelina Melnikova and China’s Chen Yile looking to qualify for their respective national teams ahead to next month’s Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.
The latest episode of the Olympic Channel’s original documentary series premieres Wednesday, 18 September on the IOC’s Olympic Channel which is available worldwide at olympicchannel.com, its mobile apps and on connected TV devices.
In the second episode of All Around, the three gymnasts continue their preparations for the demanding year of next summer’s Olympic Games ahead while also introducing viewers to some of their personal interests and hobbies.
Fresh off her all-around win at the 2019 European Games win, Angelina, 19, shares her creative and artistic side at a photo shoot before she heads to the National Gymnastics Training Centre in Round Lake near Moscow in preparation for the 2019 Russian Cup. With the competition in Penza also a world championship qualifier, Angelina’s focus intensifies. Her preparation pays off and she takes home three medals including silver in the all-around.
In Beijing, Yile, 17, puts the “art” in artistic gymnastics as she keeps calm outside of the gym through drawing and painting with a dream of becoming an artist in her post-athletic career. On a weekly phone call with her family, Yile’s young sister pleads with her to come home to visit, but with the world championships in sight she heads back to training. She exudes toughness in the gym working to overcome ankle and wrist injuries determined to achieve her gymnastics goals.
Meanwhile, Morgan celebrates her 18th birthday amidst an ambitious summer schedule which finds her competing at three meets in three weeks. At the 2019 U.S. Classic in Louisville, Kentucky and the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Morgan struggles to find her confidence following the news of injuries to several of her fellow gymnasts. At the 2019 U.S. National Gymnastics Championships, Morgan has to dig deep to motivate herself, but on the second day of competition shows her feistiness with her “angry tumble” to rebound to a fourth-place all-around finish.
Following the personal journeys of three elite gymnasts in their quest to compete at Tokyo 2020, All Around is the Olympic Channel’s first original gymnastics documentary series, with new episodes released monthly until next summer’s Olympic Games. 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.
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- The third episode of All Around will launch on 2 October 2019 and feature the intense preparations ahead of the 2019 FIG Artistic Gymnastic World Championships taking place 4-13 October in Stuttgart, Germany.
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