There has been a lot of talk about Ronda Rousey’s interview with Ellen DeGeneres in which she admitted she briefly contemplated suicide in the immediate aftermath of her loss to Holly Holm in their recent MMA world title fight. It isn’t surprising. Rousey looked almost possessed in the lead up to the fight. When they … Continue reading Ronda Rousey: too much focus?
Suzy Favor-Hamilton is a 3 time Olympic middle distance runner. A year or so ago she was “outed” as a high class escort in Las Vegas. I remember being not overly surprised or shocked that an Olympic athlete could end up being an escort. Both pursuits having similar risk and reward elements that attract similar … Continue reading Suzy Favor Hamilton: Athlete Backpack
When I was 14 years old I was an absolute rowing maniac. I was obsessed to the point of insanity. I wanted one thing; to compete on the world stage at the highest level. I consumed everything rowing. I was lucky enough to have a talented older sister who was competing on the world stage … Continue reading Depression plagues the “invincible” also
Great article from The Conversation on the psychological challenges associated with letting go from the life of a dedicated athlete. Do athletes think about this enough while they are riding the big waves of sporting excellence? Research has shown that athletes who prepare for retirement and start the thinking process early actually perform better as athletes … Continue reading The Conversation: Challenges ahead for retirees