Trailer For “The Weight Of Gold” Documentary Starring Michael Phelps & David Boudia Released

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Michael Phelps the man - Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

The first trailer for the HBO Documentary “The Weight of Gold” was released on Monday. The documentary will premiere on July 29, during what would have been the 2020 Olympic Games, that have since been moved back a whole year to slow down the coronavirus pandemic. 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps will narrate the film and is also serving as an executive producer for the project.

Olympic gold medalist diver David Boudia will also be featured in the film.

The documentary will be available for streaming on HBO Max.

“The film chronicles the uniqueness of the lives of Olympic athletes, beginning at very young ages, and the demands of their pursuit of the pinnacle in their sports,” HBO said in a release. “The rewards are no doubt tremendous, but the mental costs – in the wake of both failure and success – can also very real, as detailed by the stories of some of the most recognizable Olympic names of the last few generations.”

“As we all cope during this time of anxiety, Michael Phelps and the Olympic athletes of this film are courageously leading a movement for greater mental health awareness, giving a vulnerable look into the emotional costs of exceptional athleticism,” said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President of HBO Sports. “When Podium Pictures and Octagon brought us this project, we quickly recognized its power along with the relatability of its theme for so many.”

“I believe I have experienced a state of depression after every Olympics I competed in,” said Phelps. “For a long time, I only saw myself as a swimmer, not a person. When I walked off the podium in Rio, I knew many of my teammates and competitors were not aware of, or prepared for – the post-Olympic transition. In sharing our stories, it is my hope that we can encourage others to open up, let them know they are not alone and that it’s ok to not be ok. For me, the opportunity to help break the stigma surrounding mental health and potentially save a life is way more meaningful than any Olympic medal.”

The trailer for The Weight of Gold can be viewed below:

11 comments

  1. Linda Marino

    Looking forward to watching this documentary. Should be really interesting.

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    SATHEESH RAJAN

    Great

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