Being an Olympian requires training, talent, focus and determination—and those same skills are required of the actors looking to portray their stories onscreen.
Countless films have told sports stars' stories over the years—some coming out victorious and some not getting the glory.
With the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics just days away, many movie buffs are getting in the spirit by re-watching a few of their favorites. Want to get in on the action? The games begin with the opening ceremony on Friday, Feb. 4 and end with the closing ceremony on Sunday, Feb 20. So, there's still plenty of time to binge-watch the classics—just make sure to pace yourself.
Luckily, E! News is here to help and coach you through the movie-selection process. Scroll on to see a list of celebrities who totally deserve a gold medal for their portrayals of Olympic greats. Then, pop some popcorn, grab your teammates and settle in.
And remember, it's a movie marathon, not a sprint.
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(This story was originally published July 4, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.)