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Documentaries That'll Get You Pumped For The Olympics

Stream these epic sporting stories and you'll be overwhelmed by a severe case of Olympics fever

Documentaries That'll Get You Pumped For The Olympics

The Wrestling One

Foxcatcher told you the true story of rich sad-sack John du Pont and his bid to chum up with USA’s 1992 Olympic wrestling team by luring them to his evil lair. This doc version, Team Foxcatcher, is told through home recordings, which takes the sinister insanity of du Pont, nails it to a bottle rocket and sends it stratospheric.

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The Table Tennis One

Ah, the wheezing nerdlinger of the Olympics. The first-with-his-hand-up teacher’s pet who gets a nosebleed when a girl walks into the classroom. Ping pong’s frail, right? It’s got brittle bones? Wrong, buddy! It’s 24-hour badass power! Watch Top Spin’s three teens battle their way to the pinnacle of the sport in their pursuit of Olympic glory.

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The Running One

Nothing will sell you on the Olympics more than the inspiring Town Of Runners. After watching it you’ll look at Anish Kapoor’s Stratford slide and see pure beauty, not a Meccano ice lolly. Bekoji in Ethiopia is a poverty-stricken area known for breeding long-distance champs, with 16 Olympic medals won by its home-grown athletes in 20 years.

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The Golf One

Golf is in the Olympics for the first time in 112 years! If the 100m dash gives us the instant gratification of the digital age then golf, defiantly slow golf, is the younger you waiting nine weeks between letters from your pen-pal in Chamonix. It’s changing, though. Whack on the The Short Game and be stunned by cut-throat seven-year-old golf pros.

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The Super-Relevant One

Oh lordy, Russia’s entrance in the opening ceremony is going to be a doozy! The few of them actually allowed to compete, all plodding around awkwardly like they’re on a Jack The Ripper walking tour. You can get a feel for what it’s like to pump your own guns with drugs with Bigger, Stronger, Faster – a doc that explores the driving forces that get competitors hooked on the stuff.


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