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YouTube Announces New Original Series Featuring Gymnast Gabby Douglas Ahead of Tokyo Olympics

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YouTube Announces New Original Series Featuring Gymnast Gabby Douglas Ahead of Tokyo Olympics

By Movieguide® Staff

YouTube announced a new slate of four original series ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, which was postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The nonfiction projects, which are a part of YouTube’s learning originals, will feature Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas. Douglas is a three-time Olympic gold-medalist and became the first Black American to win gold in the all-around event in the London 2012 games. 

Also featured in the four projects are The Try Guys, which is made up of YouTube comedians Keith Habersberger, Ned Fulmer, Zach Kornfeld, and Eugene Lee Yang.

STRIVE, which debuts on June 30, and is a six-part docuseries hosted by Douglas. The series highlights the lives of refugee athletes who compete under the Olympic Refugee Flag or who found a new home elsewhere.  

“Strive is a six-part documentary that looks at refugees who’ve been forced to leave their homes but who are desperate to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. They’re training while separated from friends and family, in foreign countries, and in foreign cultures – and sometimes in direct opposition to their former governments. Can they achieve their dreams in the face of such overwhelming opposition? Hosted by 3x Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas,” the YouTube description reads

Douglas is outspoken about her faith and mental health advocacy. 

Movieguide® previously reported

Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas is outspoken about how faith helped her achieve her dreams in the Olympics and said she wants to encourage others with her experiences. 

“I feel like I was put here to help people and I love helping people,” Douglas told Insider as she mentors young gymnasts preparing for this year’s Olympic Games. “So if I can help them mentally or physically, or even share my experiences, anything to help them, I totally do that.”

Douglas is no stranger to the spotlight, and the 25-year-old notes how important it is to stay mentally grounded as well as physically ready. 

“Our brains are one of the most powerful tools on the planet, so if you really set your mind to anything, you can achieve anything,” Douglas said. “It really takes a lot of effort and energy and strength to be a gymnast.”

The other three series include HOW TO OLYMPICS (July 14), WORLD DEBUT (July 7), and BREAK THE RECORD (July 22). 

Variety reported on the specifics of each series:

“How To Olympics” – Premieres July 14 on the Olympics YouTube channel: Eight-episode series that gives viewers everything they need to know about select Olympic events. The series covers sport climbing, taekwondo, rhythmic gymnastics, hammer throw, artistic swimming, breaking, badminton and fencing— telling viewers how each event is scored, how to win, and what it takes to master these athletic disciplines. Hosted by The Try Guys, and produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). 

“World Debut” – Premieres July 7 on the Olympics YouTube channel: Feature-length documentary that tracks the journey of what it takes to add new sports to the Olympic Games — covering skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing, which will join the Summer Games for the first time this year. Featuring Tony Hawk, Emily Harrington and Sofia Mulanovich, directed by Cole Sax and Galen Knowles, and produced by WZRD Media and Boardwalk Pictures. 

“Break the Record” – Premieres July 22 on Guinness World Records Official YouTube channel: U.K. series in which kids interrogate and challenge some of the most extraordinary Guinness World Records title holders. The show features long jump Olympic medalist Greg Rutherford, tennis player and Olympic medalist Laura Robson, deadlift strongwoman and former World’s Strongest Woman Andrea Thompson, and parkour expert Ryan Luney. During each episode, a group of kids will be mentored by one of the Guinness World Records title holders in preparation for their biggest challenge to date: attempting their very own record. Produced by Guinness World Records and Electric Robin (a Banijay UK company).