After an incredibly stressful year for everyone globally, the Olympics isn’t an outlier. While athletes like Caeleb Dressel are outliers for their extraordinary talent, stress and anxiety can feel non-preventable.
Several athletes have come forward to talk about the stress of the Games this year and how many people view Olympic athletes as non-human, constantly extraordinary beings. Mental health has been a huge focus at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Simone Biles has opened up about stress and the pressure of it all. Some of which is a factor toward her not performing in all the events this year. Michael Phelps defended her statements in a passionate public.
He said, according to CBS Sports, “You know, we carry a lot of things, a lot of weight on our shoulders. And it’s challenging, especially when we have the lights on us and all of these expectations that are being thrown on top of us. So it broke my heart.”
Now, Caeleb Dressel, one of the star Team USA athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is speaking out about his experience at the Games this year. He won a total of five gold medals, three of them being individual. Dressel also became the first swimmer in history to win the gold in the 50-meter freestyle, the 100-meter freestyle, and the 100-meter butterfly all at the same Olympics.
Caeleb Dressel Mental Health
It was a performance that drew attention from all around the world. It’s making him one of the most-watched athletes at the Games. Not so surprising, the god-tier swimming and the frantic media attention make for an exhausting situation.
After his massive win on Sunday, Caeleb Dressel told reporters, according to USA Today, that “I’m going to take a break, take a little break here. I’m pretty over swimming, guys.”
It’s all been a game-changing conversation about mental health in sports and beyond the arena. It was said all said with a laugh, however, meaning that the iconic swimmer is likely feeling the effects of burnout from his stellar international performance at the Olympics.
Caeleb Dressel is 24 years old and is already in with some of the greatest in the sport. He has in the past been vocal about his struggles with stress and performance anxiety. The athlete uses journaling as a way to clear his head. He didn’t have the best experience mentally at the Games. It makes sense given the fact that he was so focused on providing an extraordinary performance for Team USA.
“This is not easy, not an easy week at all. Some parts were extremely enjoyable. I would say the majority of them were not. You can’t sleep right, you can’t nap, shaking all the time. I probably lost 10 pounds. I’m going to weigh myself and eat some food when I get back. It’s a lot of stress we put on the body,” Caeleb Dressel said at a post podium press conference at the Games.
Despite the stress, he did say it’s all worth it in the end. Hopefully, we’ll see him this time again four years from now.