The Weight of Gold (2020)
IMDb rating: 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%Watch full movie now
In a typical year, more than 3.6 billion people globally tune in to watch the Olympic Games. What most of these viewers don’t know is that just like one in five Americans, many of these Olympic athletes similarly face serious mental health challenges and struggle to find the necessary support and resources.
The Weight of Gold seeks to inspire discussion about mental health issues, encourage people to seek help, and highlight the need for readily available support. It features accounts from Olympic athletes who share their own struggles with mental health issues, including Michael Phelps, Jeremy Bloom, Lolo Jones, Gracie Gold, Bode Miller, Shaun White, Sasha Cohen, David Boudia, Katie Uhlaender, and, posthumously, Steven Holcomb and Jeret “Speedy” Peterson (via his mother, Linda Peterson).
“A story that needed to be told, about a subject that the athletes seem not just happy but relieved to be able to share,” says NPR, and Salon.com says that, “especially in the absence of the 2020 Olympics, Weight of Gold remains essential viewing.”