Olympic athletes confront mental health stigma in powerful HBO doc ‘The Weight of Gold’, Mashable

Olympic athletes confront mental health stigma in powerful HBO doc ‘The Weight of Gold’

Having won 23 gold medals across his career, swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. However, all the fame and success in the world could not…

Having won 23 gold medals across his career, swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. However, all the fame and success in the world could not spare him from suicidal thoughts. And while Phelps has previously opened up about his post-Olympics depression, he raises even more awareness in his new documentary, The Weight of Gold. The HBO film tackles the struggles Olympic athletes face after finding their purpose in a sport that will inevitably be taken over by someone who is faster and stronger in the end. Furthermore, it shows how this and other factors cause elite athletes to spiral into depression — and that they’re given few resources to cope with it. The documentary’s opening feels a little disconnected from the rest of the story. Phelps, via voiceover, reminds viewers that the 15,000 athletes set to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games were forced to watch their dreams crash down after COVID-19 struck, and the event was postponed to 2021. He touches on the adverse effects this has on an athlete’s mental health and uses this a segue to talk about the mental health struggles past Olympic competitors have confronted.  The loose connection to modern times suggests that The Weight of Gold was originally meant to be released in conjunction with the 2020 Olympic Games. Because Phelps goes with this angle, it would have been helpful if he had given a spotlight to hopefuls who didn’t get to compete in the Olympics this summer. Despite skipping over the feelings of hopeful athletes, however, the content that follows remains compelling and important. The narrative has an even flow that naturally builds up to its conclusion. Besides the 2020-specific opening, the

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