Michael Phelps’ swimming coach Bob Bowman once said “The higher up you go, the lonelier it gets.” For Phelps, this became the reality as his hyper dedication and extraordinary accomplishments caused him to withdraw from his teammates, friends, and family. In the limelight, and with his mental health deteriorating, Phelps had to find a way to block out the background noise and rethink his values.
Mature Themes: substance abuse and suicidal ideation.
- Swimmer holding all-time records for Olympic gold medals
Put on a pedestal as the greatest athlete of his generation, how did Michael Phelps ground himself in an atmosphere of lofty expectations?