Podcast: MyKayla Skinner, Adeline Grey focus on why psychological well being issues

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Talks about athletes’ mental health were more common than ever at these Olympics.

Champions like Michael Phelps and Naomi Osaka recently shared how their mental health has been affected by the constant pressures they have been exposed to, and Simone Biles“The decision to retire from gymnastics competitions because their minds and bodies were not in harmony sparked further discussion about the importance of athletes taking breaks to protect their mental and physical health. host Lauren Shehady continues the conversation by speaking to Biles’ teammate and friend MyKayla Skinner as well as wrestlers Adeline Gray about how they prepared to be in the spotlight.

Skinner talks about how American gymnasts deal with high expectations, how Biles inspires them, and the unexpected journey that led to their silver medal in the jump. She also tells Shehadi about her plans to start a family and thinks about what she will tell her future children when she talks about her gymnastics career.

Gray explains how her run in Rio ended “heartbreakingly”, the mental challenges of returning from physical injury, and how she balances wrestling with more social aspects of her life. The silver medalist closes the episode by describing how she worked on her mental health leading up to the 2020 Games, the culmination of her Tokyo experience, and the way other women representing Team USA helped her in challenging ones Times to stay motivated.

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