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At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal tells the harrowing story of the survivors who came forward in the case against Larry Nassar, a disgraced former U.S. Gymnastics and Michigan State trainer convicted of sexual abuse. And for once, the story actually focuses on those survivors instead of the man who committed such heinous crimes.
In 2018, Nassar was sentenced up to 175 years in prison after admitting to sexually abusing young women and girls for decades, masking his behavior as medical care. The high-profile case featured heartbreaking accounts from more than 150 women, including athletes at different skill levels. Olympic athletes Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and McKayla Maroney were among some of the well-known victims.
A Heart of Gold makes it clear that Nassar was not alone in traumatizing the victims, many of whom claim they made numerous complaints to organizational heads, all of which seemed to fall on deaf ears. In the cutthroat world of competitive gymnastics, winning was the priority.
At the Heart of Gold is directed by Erin Lee Carr, a filmmaker known for other documentaries with sensitive subject matter, including Mommy Dead and Dearest and Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop.
This documentary puts an important spotlight on the many hurdles sexual abuse victims must overcome to be heard, let alone believed, but it may be upsetting for some viewers. If you or a loved one has suffered sexual abuse, HBO has compiled a helpful list of resources for victims, their parents, and supportive communities.
Here’s how to watch At the Heart of Gold for free.
What channel is At the Heart of Gold on?
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week and will make its cable debut exclusively on HBO.
What time does At the Heart of Gold air?
At the Heart of Gold premieres on Friday, May 3 at 8pm ET.
How to watch At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal for free
At the Heart of Gold is only available on HBO. But there are plenty of options to access the premium cable channel for free. Each of these services offers a one-week trial so you can tune in live and avoid spoilers on social media.
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If you’re already a Prime member, Amazon Prime Video is one of the most convenient ways to access a free HBO trial without signing up for additional accounts. (And if you’re not, you can get a free 30-day trial of Prime in addition to the free week of HBO.) You can stream live and watch old episodes on-demand in case you want to rewatch last week’s episode before a new one airs. HBO is one of the best standalone Prime channels available for purchase on Amazon Prime Video.
2) HBO Now
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If you just want HBO and nothing more, look no further than its own on-demand app HBO Now. At the Heart of Gold will be available on-demand the minute it airs live, and you can pause without missing any of the action. You can also watch all seasons on-demand. The standalone service also provides an extensive library of all HBO shows, movies, documentaries, and more.
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You’ll need to sign up for Hulu before adding HBO to your account, but the process is easy. (Even easier if you already have an account!) Hulu with Live TV gives you the best of both worlds: access to on-demand content and live TV streaming, including local networks. That way you can tune in when a new episode airs and catch up on episodes you might have missed or need to watch again. There are 60 channels to choose from, including The CW, ABC, ESPN, and more. You’ll also get tons of great movies and original programs exclusively available on Hulu. It comes with up to 50 hours of storage for recording. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
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- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial) | $14.99 per month for HBO
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Despite the name, you don’t actually need a PlayStation console to use Sony’s streaming service. It works just fine with Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and Kodi. You will need to add HBO as a premium channel. The basic package includes popular channels, like AMC, HGTV, ESPN, FX, and more. There will be some variation in local channels depending on your ZIP code though, so be sure to check. Stream on up to five devices under one account, with unlimited cloud DVR storage. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)
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If you are a victim of sexual assault or want more information on sexual assault, contact the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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