‘The Weight of Gold’ Review: When Dreams Become Burdens

HBO’s documentary examines the pressures and mental health issues that often affect Olympic athletes.

As a world-class freestyle skier, Jeremy Bloom didn’t win a lot of love when he failed to medal at the 2002 Olympics. But he’ll make friends with one of the more welcome statements in “The Weight of Gold,” a documentary about the mental health of Olympic athletes: “People,” he says, “have bigger problems.” He’s not belittling anyone, or the point of the film. But given the bitterness and self-absorption displayed by some of its subjects, what he says needs to be said, if only so the more enlightening aspects of the story can shine through.


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