Michael Phelps: A chance to save a life is better than winning gold

Andrew Joseph
For The Win

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history, but as he's detailed in the past, he struggled with depression and anxiety - even contemplating suicide.

He has since focused much of his post-Olympic life into helping others and bringing awareness to mental health struggles. Kevin Love has also candidly spoken about mental health since suffering from a panic attack last season against Atlanta.

As part of the debut interview of Schick Hydro's Locker Room Talk, Love welcomed Phelps to discuss their personal battles with mental health and how they're still dealing with struggles to this day. For Phelps, he's found that empowering others to seek help has been more meaningful than any of his Olympic medals ever could have been.

Phelps said:

"You can be the strongest man in the world, and you're still going to go through problems. And that's the one thing with me. I don't ever want my medals to define who I am. What I'm doing now - to have a chance to save a life is better than ever winning a gold medal.

"I found just by communicating, just by opening up, being yourself is helping so many other people. And honestly, I'm still learning to be myself. Ever since the Olympics still I've had pretty scary moments - I'm somebody who's very hard on myself even though I like who I am and I like who I see in the mirror, there are still times where I really do struggle. And it is really scary."

You can read Phelps' April interview about mental health here.


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