Like most huge geopolitical spectacles, Russian athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics, despite the country being banned for doping, is complicated.
If you’re confused about how we got here, a good place to start is Netflix. The streaming service has just the documentary to get you caught up on the Russian doping scandal, and it has intriguing twists to boot.
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Icarus follows the story of director Bryan Fogle, an amateur cyclist, who wants to prove that the tests meant to catch doping athletes don’t work. He concocts a plan to use performance enhancing drugs before competing in the most challenging contest for amateur cyclists, which uses routes similar to the Tour de France. To create a sophisticated doping plan and test his urine, Fogle forges an unlikely friendship with Grigory Rodchenkov, who at the time was helming Russia’s anti-doping laboratory. Read more…
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