Icarus (2017) is a Netflix Originals documentary about the greatest doping scandal in the history of sports. It’s ground-breaking, highly informative, intense and at rare times amusing.

Icarus tells the story of amateur cyclist Bryan Fogel who takes performance-enhancing drugs in order to win a prestigious amateur competition and eventually publish a documentary about his cover-up. To cut a long story short, he unintentionally gets involved in the world’s biggest anti-doping scandal after meeting the director of Russia’s state-sponsored drug testing facility, Grigory Rodchenkov, who enthusiastically agrees to help Bryan cheat in his drug tests. Later on, Grigory flees to the US where he becomes a whistleblower and reveals exactly how Russia cheated at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Netflix doping scandal doc is flawed but fascinating“, Icarus review by the Guardian.

Russia Doping Scandal“, all of the Guardian’s news articles on the issue in chronological order.