Defying Gravity

The Untold Story of Women's Gymnastics


DEFYING GRAVITY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS is a six-part documentary series for YouTube Originals that explores what it takes to be an Elite gymnast, told through the voices of its greatest champions. The series premiered on partner Glamour Magazine’s official YouTube channel on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Exploring the events and milestones, hopefuls and icons, and heartbreaks and triumphs of the sport, each episode of “Defying Gravity” raises questions on the most challenging and thrilling aspects of gymnastics. How do athletes preserve their passion, confidence, and voice in a sport that pushes them beyond their limits? How do gymnasts maintain their mental toughness and laser focus while contending with all the external pressures placed upon them? And in an era of difficulty-dominant scoring, how do athletes stay unafraid of their own power? 

In addition, the series shows how gymnasts overcome body image issues, ageism, and abuse, and are now using their voices and the life skills that gymnastics taught them to reclaim their beloved sport.

Episodes will premiere free with ads each week and YouTube Premium subscribers will have access to binge the first four episodes beginning September 21 before non-Premium subscribers.

“Defying Gravity” is produced by Five All in the Fifth, Main Event Media, and All3Media America. The series is directed by Bess Kargman (First Position) and by Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel), who also serve as executive producers.

Alex Garinger and Douglas Banker executive produce for Five All in the Fifth and Jimmy Fox executive produces for Main Event Media, with April Smith and Julian Cautherley serving as co-executive producers.