What’s tougher than winning multiple Olympic gold medals? Try raising three children while winning those multiple Olympic gold medals. Any mother or father of only one kid can sympathize with someone juggling those duties; anyone who has more than one child probably also has a bottle of hard liquor they're ready to share—out of love, of course.
That ever-tough balance of career and domestic responsibilities is at the heart of Tribeca Digital Studios' second feature-length documentary collaboration with DICK'S Sporting Goods. This month, production will begin on a documentary about Kerri Walsh Jennings, the three-time U.S. Olympic gold medal winner for volleyball, and the tireless mother of three. The film is the follow-up to Tribeca and DICK'S' Emmy-winning We Could Be King. Emmy-owning director/producer Gabe Spitzer will direct the doc, which will follow Jennings throughout her preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where she’ll try to win her fourth gold medal, all while holding down her motherly duties.
"I am thrilled to partner with DICK’S and Tribeca as they follow me in my quest to bring home a fourth gold medal," says Jennings. "Representing my country as an Olympic athlete is an honor I take seriously—but I am the most proud of being a mother, wife and role model to young athletes. I hope my story inspires viewers and provides them a glimpse of how sports have shaped my life."
"When we first partnered with DICK'S Sporting Goods last year, we set out to tell inspiring stories through the lens of experienced filmmakers and redefine the relationship between corporate brands and content creation," said Paula Weinstein, Executive Vice President, Tribeca Enterprises. "It has proven to be a winning combination. We are looking forward to starting production on this new project and shining a light on an incredible athlete as she works towards making Olympic history."
"We aim to tell emotional and powerful stories that bring to life our core brand belief that sports make people better," said Lauren Hobart, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK'S Sporting Goods. "Nobody embodies this belief more than Kerri Walsh Jennings. We are excited to partner with Tribeca Digital Studios to document Kerri’s journey and show how her passion for her sport, her country and her family fuel her intense determination to become just the fifth American in Olympic history to win four gold medals in a single event."
Below, watch Jennings and her new partner April Ross in action and check out the trailer for We Could Be King, which is currently streaming on Netflix.