Netflix has released a trailer today for Icarus, what could be one of the biggest things to hit professional sports in many years. Filmmaker Bryan Fogel set out on a mission to learn about performance-enhancing drugs in sports. What he ends up discovering was far bigger than anyone could have even imagined. To investigate doping in sports, Fogel, an amateur bike racer, decided to dope himself to see the effects on his body. He connected with a Russian scientist, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov to help him. With the doctor's information, Fogel blew the lid off Russia's state-sponsored Olympic doping program. The outcome of the scandal is far reaching, putting many anti-doping plans into question as well as shines a negative spotlight on Russia, which is already being talked about for the election interference.
The name of the documentary, Icarus, is rather interesting. Icarus was a figure in Greek Mythology, son of the craftsman Daedalus who built the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete. Later, in an attempt to escape Crete, Daedalus built two pairs of wings from wax and feathers allow he and his son to fly away from the island. Though he warned Icarus about flying too close to the sun… the heat would melt the wax… Icarus didn't listen, did exactly what he was told not to and plummeted to his death. This has become a parable against hubris. It will be interesting to see who in the documentary is the one that flies too close to the sun.
Icarus debuts on Netflix August 4th.