Figure Skater Sasha Cohen Has A Surprising New Career Off The Ice
HBO’s latest sports documentary, The Weight of Gold (out July 29, 2020), explores the fraught world of Olympic athletes and their rarely talked about struggles with mental health. The doc features Olympians like Michael Phelps, Bode Miller, Apolo Ohno, and world class figure skater Sasha Cohen — who details her difficulties figuring out who she was off the ice.
In The Weight Of Gold, Cohen speaks about the immense pressures placed on her not just during the Olympic competition itself, but in the years-long buildup to the games. She addresses the isolation she experienced during her years of training for the Olympics, and the toll it took on her. Cohen also opens up about her two heartbreaking falls during her long program at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, which still earned her a silver medal, but left her feeling immense shame.