Heavy Medals

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Heavy Medals Episode 1

Made in Romania In the middle of the Cold War, Romanian gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi turn Nadia Comaneci, a 14-year-old gymnast from a Communist country, into a global symbol of excellence at the 1976 Olympics when she scores the first perfect 10. But Romania becomes too controlled for Bela’s ambitions, and the Karolyis set their sights on the freedom of the United States.

Heavy Medals Episode 2

American Hustle The Karolyis begin to build their gymnastics empire in the U.S. But they need a champion. Enter Mary Lou Retton, whose perfect 10 at the 1984 Olympics will make her and her coach household names — and explode the popularity of gymnastics across the country. Now Bela needs to harness that gold medal success to advance his own cause.

Heavy Medals Episode 3

The Bela Show Growing his image as the most well-known coach in gymnastics, Bela aims for more gold medals. But after disappointment at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Bela announces he’s stepping away from elite-level gymnastics and retreats to his Ranch in Texas. But even after stepping out of the spotlight, Bela remains in focus, as accusations of abuse grow against the coach.

Heavy Medals Episode 4

Home Games Pulled back onto the world gymnastics stage by the precocious talent of their newest protege, Dominique Moceanu, Bela and Martha are all in on winning gold at the Atlanta Games. But when Dominique falls on vault, everything rides on the shoulders of Bela’s long-overshadowed veteran, Kerri Strug, to bring home the gold.

Heavy Medals Episode 5

The Karolyi Way After the glory of gold in Atlanta, the U.S. National Team slips on the world stage. With the next Olympics less than a year away, USA Gymnastics turns to the one person they think can save the team: Bela Karolyi. But on such a tight schedule, will the “You can do it!” motivator-in-chief be able to lead a team to victory?

Heavy Medals Episode 6

The Rise of Martha For years, Martha Karolyi avoided the spotlight. But when she is tapped to take over the national team, Martha finally comes into full view. Martha aims to prove that she can turn the United States into a dominant force in gymnastics. But under Martha’s regime, injured athletes are often discarded and a culture of silence prevails.

Heavy Medals Episode 7

The Unraveling As Martha is taking her final victory lap at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the gymnastics community is rocked by a scandal that will shock the world. The Karolyis’ legacy is called into question as the gymnasts grapple with the cost of what it took to earn all that gold.

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