YouTube Originals Sets Global Slate of Olympics Programming


YouTube has unveiled its slate of original programming surrounding the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, with four new projects rolling out in the coming weeks.

The six-part docuseries Strive, which premieres June 30 on The Players’ Tribune YouTube channel, is about the men and women forced to flee their countries as refugees all while training for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in Tokyo 2020. Hosted by Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas, Strive follows the journey of refugee athletes as they strive to compete either under the Olympic Refugee Flag or under a new flag after finally settling in a host country.

Premiering July 7 on the Olympics YouTube Channel, World Debut is a feature-length doc that charts the journey of what it takes to add new sports to the Olympic Games. Skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing will join the Games for the first time this summer, and World Debut tells the story of how they got there.

How To Olympics, premiering July 14 on the Olympics YouTube Channel, is an eight-episode series that gives viewers everything they need to know about select Olympic events through easily digestible, quick-witted, and packed-with-info videos. Covering sport climbing, taekwondo, rhythmic gymnastics, hammer throw, artistic swimming, breaking, badminton and fencing, viewers will learn how each event is scored, how to win and what it takes to master these athletic disciplines.

Debuting July 22 on the Guinness World Records Official YouTube channel, Break the Record is an all-new kids and family series out of the U.K. It sees kids interrogate and challenge some of the most extraordinary Guinness World Records title holders.