The world of figure skating takes a dark turn in the new Netflix series

By Breanne L. Heldman
December 10, 2019 02:00 PM
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The dark side of cheerleading, gymnastics, and dance have all been highlighted in countless TV shows and movies. Now figure skating gets its own spin.

In the exclusive trailer from Netflix’s Spinning Out, we’re introduced to talented but terrified skater Kat Baker (The Maze Runner‘s Kaya Scodelario), who is considering giving up on the sport she loves after a disastrous fall in competition.

“Skating’s like breathing,” she says at the beginning of the clip. “I can’t imagine not doing it. And if I stopped, it’d feel like drowning.”

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Kat’s struggle is compounded by her mother Carol (January Jones) who once put pressure on her to succeed but has since lost faith in her. “You were perfect, but now when I look at you, all I see is wasted potential,” she says. “You’ll never be a champion. Never!”

Instead, Carol is focusing all her energy on Kat’s less disciplined younger sister Serena, played by The Hunger Games actress Willow Shields.

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Things may yet turn around for Kat when she begins pairs skating with Justin (Evan Roderick), who rekindles her Olympic dreams… and maybe something romantic as well.

Of course, what figure skating drama would be complete without references to previous figure skating drama, as evidenced when Kat’s friend cheekily asks, “I could whack her knee with a bat — or is that too ’90s?”

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All 10 episodes of Spinning Out arrives on Netflix on Jan. 1.