Over 160 million people watched the Beijing Olympics this last year. Viewers were riveted to the screen, in awe of the incredible accomplishments Olympians attempt and achieve.
For an Olympian, the stakes are high. This is what they have lived for. For many, their entire identity is tied up in being an Olympian. So, when the Olympics are over, then what?
The stress and anxiety of competing is more than enough to trigger mental health challenges. According to research from 2021, around 24% of Olympic and Paralympic athletes reported experiencing high or very high psychological distress after the Games.
Failing to live up to the performance they trained for, not winning a medal or achieving what they had set out to accomplish, loss of celebrity status, and just coming back to everyday life can trigger issues.
Joining Host Vince Poscente, himself an Olympian, to talk about these challenges are:
Olympic Gold Medalist, 1998, Nagano, Japan, inverted aerial skier, author of When Turtles Fly, Nikkistone.com;
Olympic Silver Medalist, 1994 Lillehammer, Norway, hockey, and Stanley Cup recipient, Blindsided Podcast host and mental health champion, Coreyhirsch.com and
Robert Neff, Ph.D.:
Certified Mental Trainer® Mtilive.io, who offers solutions and guidance we can all benefit from.
While we often look at Olympians as having scaled the heights of fame, there are many complex issues and problems with having that status that many individuals do not see.
Our guests talk about the challenges they personally have experienced. We learn more about their lives post-Olympics and the accomplishments they are still achieving and how they have devoted their lives to helping others.
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