Press release from Lifetime, Feb. 1, 2018:
Breaking Their Silence: Inside the Gymnastics Scandal examines this unimaginable story that rocked the gymnastics world and speaks to victims and experts about what parents and children need to know as they navigate situations outside of the home. Featuring exclusive interviews with Larry Nassar’s victims and experts close to the crisis, the special dives deep into the stories of multiple survivors and examine how organizations meant to keep girls and young women safe ultimately silenced their voices. Breaking Their Silence: Inside the Gymnastics Scandal features interviews with gymnasts Racheal Denhollander, Lindsey Lemke, Mattie Larson, Akemi Look and Jamie Dantzscher as they recount their experiences as well as exclusive footage of 19 of Nassar’s victims sitting down for a compelling interview with Elizabeth Vargas. Having been failed by the systems and the very people sworn to protect them, these young women have taken back their voices and come together to form a powerful army showcasing to the world how they’ve turned terrible tragedy into powerful triumph.
Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar
Premieres Saturday. February 3 at 8pm ET/PT
Repeats Monday, February 5 at 8pm ET/PT
Bio Presents: Simone Biles: American Gold
Premieres Saturday, February 3 at 10pm ET/PT
Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar premieres Saturday, February 3 at 8 PM ET/PT. Based on her book, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar follows Simone Biles (Jeanté Godlock) through the sacrifices and hard work that led her to win 19 Olympic and World Championship medals and ultimately cemented her stake as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. After a field trip to a gymnastics training center when Simone was six years old, she caught the eye of a local coach who recognized that Simone had a remarkable gift for the sport. But pursuing her dream of becoming an elite gymnast also meant giving up high school football games, prom or starting college at UCLA. With her parents Ron (Julius Tennon, How to Get Away with Murder) and Nellie Biles (Tisha Campbell-Martin, My Wife and Kids) and younger sister Adria (Raven Bowens, The New Edition Story) supporting her every step of the way, Simone’s journey from foster care to the Olympic podium – with all of its triumphs and heartbreaks – can serve as an inspiration for every little girl with a dream. The film also stars Kathleen Rose Perkins as Aimee Boorman, Kelsey Scott as Shanon, Marilyn Norry as Martha Karolyi and Nakai Takawira as Young Simone.
The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar is executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Tom Patricia, Simone Biles, Janey Miller and Kyell Thomas for Octagon. Vanessa Parise directs from a script written by Kelly Fullerton. The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar will premiere on Lifetime’s international territories later in 2018.
Immediately following the movie, the one-hour special Biography Presents: Simone Biles: American Gold, will explore the many sides of the 20-year-old gymnastics powerhouse and include interviews with those closest to her.