Peacock orders trio of Winter Olympics docs ahead of 2022 Games


NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has commissioned a trio of new documentaries ahead of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

The three new originals will premiere throughout January in the lead up to NBCUniversal’s coverage of the annual global sporting event, which begins on 4 February.

Meddling is a four-part series from executive producers Tara Lipinski and Todd Kapostasy exploring the 2002 Olympic figure skating scandal. Debuting on 6 January, the series takes viewers through the beginnings of the careers and personal lives of each skater – Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada, and Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze of Russia.

The series will also hear first-hand from the judge who was at the center of the scandal, Marie-Reine Le Gougne. With a mix of archival footage and present-day interviews with the skaters, judges, commentators, and the fixer accused of it all, fans get a look into the controversy from beginning to end.

Meanwhile, Picabo hails from co-directors and executive producers Frank Marshall and Lindsey Vonn, a career-spanning film chronicling the life of Picabo Street, the alpine skiing icon of the 1990s and Vonn’s childhood hero.

The documentary follows her unorthodox childhood in Idaho to her Olympic successes, dramatic recoveries from ill-timed injuries and her arrest in 2015 due to false allegations.

Premiering on 21 January, the film provides an intimate look at Street’s fascinating life through an interview with Vonn and behind-the-scenes footage of Street’s life.

Parks & Recreation star Nick Offerman will narrate American Rock Stars, which follows follows John Shuster and his team of self-described “scrappy regular guys from Middle America” as they prepare to defend their gold medal in curling at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The series, directed by Scott Boggins, will debut on 26 January, and goes behind the scenes with the team that rose to fame in America in 2018 and rocketed the sport of curling to a new level of fame.

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