The sports world was flipped upside down during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bubbles, new start dates, and unfinished business had sports fans itching for a new game to watch. During that time, we found solitude in sports-themed documentaries. We know The Last Dance already took over your screens last spring, so we’ve rounded up the best hidden gems of sports-themed documentaries on Netflix that you should add to your “to watch” list now.

Home Game

This eight-episode documentary series highlights the sports and games that are near and dear to their geographic location, but not well-known around the world. From diving into calcio storico—a mixture of rugby and martial arts—in Florence, Italy, to kok boru—reminiscent of polo, but with a dead goat as the ball—in Kyrgystan, Home Game will show you how sportsmanship differs around the globe. The one thing in common no matter the form of competition or location? A lot of heart and passion for the game. Watch Home Game if you’re looking to expand your horizons past hockey, football, or soccer—plus, the visuals from around the world give you the chance to forget you’re in your living room for a little while.

The Dawn Wall

For an hour and 40 minutes, you will be on the edge of your seat watching free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson try to scale the 3000 ft. Dawn Wall. The inspiring documentary follows the story of what led Caldwell to decide to climb the nearly 90-degree rock wall in Yosemite, as well as anxiety-inducing footage of his attempt at it. It’s a journey that many call impossible, and you’ll have to tune in to see if Caldwell and Jorgeson are able to prove the nay-sayers otherwise.

The Carter Effect

Between 1998 to 2004, Vince Carter wore a Toronto Raptors jersey and changed the way Canadians viewed basketball forever. His passion for the game mixed with pure skill and flair made him a rising star and a forever fan favourite of the franchise. The one-hour documentary follows Carter himself as he talks about his rise to fame, with anecdotes from friends, family, and coaches along the way—the 6ix God himself, Drake, even makes an appearance! If you want to relive the OG glory days of the Raptors franchise, The Carter Effect (which originally premiered at TIFF) is for you.

Ronda Rousey Story: Through My Father's Eyes

After becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Ronda Rousey quickly rose to fame as a force to be reckoned with in the UFC ring. This documentary features intimate interviews with her family as they describe Rousey’s upbringing and shows an in-depth look at how Rousey became one of the best in the world. Throughout the hour and 40 minutes, you’ll learn new things about the martial artist (and now professional wrestler), like how her family originally wanted her to become an Olympic swimmer and the heartbreaking reason why she dedicates all of her wins to her dad.

Losers

We always remember the names of those who win the game, but what about those who lose? This eight-episode documentary series shines a spotlight on the stories of those who were prepped for greatness but fell short when it came time to play. By examining how athletes are more than their sport and looking into all of the pivots, changes, and successes that come after, Losers offers viewers a chance to see that losing at one thing, doesn’t mean you’ve lost at life. Turn on Losers if you’re in the mood for some positivity after the mess that was 2020.

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