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Watch These 12 Documentaries About the Olympics Before Paris 2024

These fascinating Olympic documentaries will help you get ready for the Paris Games. 

By Peacock Staff
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Get ready for the 2024 Paris Olympics with all the drama and triumphs of past competitions.

From revisiting controversies on the ice and reliving the legendary 1992 US men's basketball team, to hearing inspiring stories of runners, swimmers, gymnasts, and athletes from around the globe, these documentaries will fill you in on the amazing human beings behind the gold medals.

These documentaries are a powerful mix of dedication, passion, history, and spirit that'll get you even more excited to cheer on the world's best athletes in 2024. 

1. We Dare to Dream (2023)

We Dare To Dream

This documentary dives into the inspiring true stories of refugee athletes: Wael Fawaz from Iran, Saeid Fazoula from Syria, Anjelina Nadai Lohalith from South Sudan, and Cyrille Tchatchet II from Cameroon. Each athlete runs, swims, or fights their way to safety and opportunity in new countries. We Dare to Dream, produced by John Legend and Angelina Jolie, documents these athletes’ journeys and their unwavering aspirations as they train to compete on the world's biggest stage: the Olympics.

Stream We Dare to Dream.

2. 72: A Gathering of Champions (2022)

72: A Gathering Of Champions

This four-part series chronicles 11 Olympic heroes who return to Munich 50 years after the 1972 Olympic Summer Games. They retrace their steps in an emotional, first-person telling of the games that defined them. Revisit their triumphs and tragedies, their athletic achievements, and the dark shadow cast by the deadly terrorist attack on Israeli Olympic team members at the 1972 Summer Games.

Stream 72: A Gathering of Champions.

3. For Ball and Country (2021)

A seven-part Peacock Original series, For Ball and Country is a unique look at some of the greatest Olympic basketball teams ever assembled. The journey begins with the iconic 1992 "Dream Team," continues with the 2008 "Redeem Team," and ultimately leads to the USA Men's National Team's pursuit of a historic fourth straight gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Stream For Ball and Country.

4. Sisters of '96: The 1996 Women's Olympic Soccer Team (2021)

Talk about a reunion party! Seven players from the 1996 US women's soccer team reunite to rewatch their legendary Atlanta match together for the first time. It’s a trip down memory lane filled with joy, triumph, tears, and Olympic gold in this Peacock Original.

Stream Sisters of '96: The 1996 Women's Olympic Soccer Team.

5. Golden: The Journey of USA's Elite Gymnasts (2021)

The six-part docuseries follows five gymnasts — Laurie Hernandez, Morgan Hurd, Konnor McClain, Sunisa Lee, and MyKayla Skinner — in their pursuit of a spot on the 2020 US Olympic gymnastics team. In addition to their own particular obstacles, each of these Olympic hopefuls must endure the rigorous training camps and competitions that precede the Olympic trials.

Stream Golden: The Journey of USA's Elite Gymnasts.

6. The ‘96 Effect (2021)

The '96 Effect

It's time to rewind to 1996 to witness the rise of female athletic dominance in this three-part Peacock Original. This docuseries celebrates the phenomenal journeys of four Team USA women's teams who defied expectations and secured gold at the competition held in Atlanta, Georgia. Relive their victories and explore the lasting impact their success had on inspiring a new generation of young female athletes.

Stream The ‘96 Effect.

7. 1968 (2018)


Sometimes, you have to take a stand. At the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the silent protest of Tommie Smith and John Carlos changed the Olympic Games forever and became one of the defining images of the 20th century. Tennis legend Serena Williams narrates this moving documentary.

Stream 1968.

8. More Than Gold (2016)

More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics

This documentary details Jesse Owens's historic achievements at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. It is told by surviving athletes who competed alongside him and those who followed in his footsteps. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, it explores the context and historical impact of those historic games.

Stream More than Gold.

9. Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (2015)

Olympic Pride, Olympic Prejudice

Olympic Pride, Olympic Prejudice shines a light on the lives of 17 Black American athletes who competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. The games presented a complex situation for Black American athletes who stood to achieve Olympic glory while representing a nation rife with racial prejudice. Where they triumphed in Germany, their celebrations were muted by racism back home in America’s ongoing battle for equality.

Stream Olympic Pride, American Prejudice.

10. Touch the Wall (2014)

Touch The Wall

Touch the Wall is a compelling account of two female swimmers' journeys to the 2012 London Olympics. Kara Lynn Joyce is a seasoned athlete attempting to rekindle the spark that propelled her to the previous two Olympics, while Missy Franklin, the rising star, is just starting her career and faces enormous pressures and expectations.

Stream Touch the Wall.

11. The Dream Team (2012)

The Dream Team

This exciting documentary tells the story of the 1992 USA men's basketball team's historic run for Olympic gold. It features exclusive interviews with coaches and legendary players, including Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, John Stockton, and Charles Barkley.

Stream The Dream Team.

12. Meddling: The Olympic Skating Scandal That Shocked The World (2022)

This four-part series covers the controversy surrounding the Canadian figure skating duo Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, who lost to Russian competitors Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze at the gold medal competition in Salt Lake City in 2002. Through historical footage and in-depth current interviews with skaters, judges, commentators, and the accused fixer, viewers get first-hand accounts from Marie-Reine Le Gougne, the judge at the center of the controversy. 

Stream Meddling: The Olympic Skating Scandal That Shocked the World.

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