Tugg Brings 1976 Olympics Doping Doc 'The Last Gold' to Theaters
Julianna Margulies narrates the film, which recounts how difficult it was for the U.S. women's swim team to compete against the East Germans.
At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, American swimmer Shirley Babashoff was shunned by the press when suggesting her rivals on the East German team were taking performance-enhancing drugs.
The East Germans won race after race, until Babashoff and several other members of the U.S. Women's Olympic Swim Team won the gold for a 400-meter freestyle relay. Years later, in 2007, Babashoff won another victory of sorts when it was reported that thousands of East German athletes had been subjected to a state-sponsored doping program from 1973 through 1989.
Four decades later, the tale is the subject of a documentary, The Last Gold, that crowdsourcing independent distributor Tugg is bringing to select theaters across the country this week, on the eve of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The feature-length film was produced by USA Swimming, the governing body of competitive swimming in the U.S.
Last Gold isn't the only documentary Tugg is assisting in bringing to the big screen this week. Also playing in select locations is At the Fork, from filmmakers John Papola and Lisa Versaci. Whole Foods Market and the Humane Society of the U.S. collaborated on the film, which focuses on farm animals that are raised for human consumption.