[Scroll to end to see linked article. Talk about the NBC media making Simone an idol].
She’s withdrawn from the Olympics and many have said the reason was she had some mental health problems. Panic attack? Stress got to her?
I completely get how stressful it must be to be a star athlete. You put pressure on yourself to be the best but the external pressures have to also weigh heavily.
NBC made Simone into a goddess. Their Instagram coverage of her (versus other athletes in the Olympics) was overwhelming, to the degree NBC seemed obsessed with Simone.
The Boston Globe thinks the stress Simone is carrying is because of the color of her skin. No. I don’t believe that for a minute. But the media wants to blame something for Simone’s withdrawal and hey, why not make it one more thing about race!? 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️
Michael Phelps has been open about his own mental health issues, depression mostly, and the unique pressures star athletes have. He’s come out to support Simone’s withdrawal.
But what I’m curious about is why now? What happened yesterday to Simone that was different than other Olympic events, or other Nationals events? What tipped her over the edge? She’s performed for years in front of cameras. Has given interviews and known the stress of competing at the highest levels.
I suspect we’ll never know unless Simone chooses at some point to talk about what happened.
Me? I blame the media. I truly do. They pushed and pushed and pushed her to bring home the Gold until she couldn’t be pushed any more. Then snap.
You look at the athletes who have been broken by stress. A ton of them. Golf especially, ahead by five only then to shank a ball into the water and then three putt.
So, is it internal or external pressure that causes the star athlete to break?
UPDATE: Read this article and tell me that both Hoda and Savannah aren’t fawning. It’s awful.