With 100 days until the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing begin, Vaughan discusses his mental health experience while competing in major events.
“You go from being surrounded by people on the podium and doing media, then you go back to the hotel room—empty and secluded.
“Mental health plays a really big part in your success – being able to let go of those feelings and depression and being able to come back the next day and be on top of your game.
“I didn’t really talk about my mental health until much later in my career, and at the time, no one was really talking about it other than Michael Phelps or Kevin Love, so now I really Glad everyone is really talking about mental health.
“The more empathy we can have for each other in those moments, the better.”
“It was tough,” she admitted. “I like to work hard, physically, mentally — and most of those things went away when I retired.
“It was definitely a transition to be able to figure out ‘Okay, what am I doing now? Who am I?’ And so it took me just a little bit, I would say maybe a year, to really feel like my feet were on the ground and I was in a happy, stable place.
“Now, I feel wonderful, incredibly happy. I am working out really hard, spending more time at home with my dogs and with my friends and family – it has been very rewarding on so many levels. “
slope to edge
Vaughan won one gold and two bronze at four Winter Olympics between 2002 and 2018, missing from Sochi in 2014 due to a knee injury – a recurring injury that plagued him throughout his career.
Her most important moment came at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, as Vaughan overtook compatriot Julia Mancuso to become the first American woman to win Olympic gold in the downhill event.
After enjoying the freedom of fantasy during the Summer Games in Tokyo, Vaughan weighs in on the strange experience of watching from the sidelines for the first Winter Olympics after retirement.
“It was really fun to watch the Summer Games,” Vaughan said.
“Obviously I don’t compete in the summer, so it was nice to be able to get inspired again as a spectator.
“But the winter sport is definitely a new challenge – living on the edge – but I’m excited to see my teammates and all the athletes from Team USA … hopefully bring home many medals.”
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