Confused about the Olympic Athletes from Russia? Watch 'Icarus' on Netflix

July 14, 2020

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.