The delayed 2020 Summer Olympics have left us celebrating in the glory of gold. But this year’s Games have also highlighted the mental toll of competition for the athletes on the podium. This weekend, we highlight the stories of several former Olympians who have opened up about their struggles on the path to athletic stardom on The Carlos Watson Show.
World Champion figure skater and Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon is sure to bring a smile to your face. But while his future in entertainment looks bright, the skating champ’s path wasn’t always easy. Rippon opens up about experiencing imposter syndrome as a young champion, adding “I was mentally so much stronger when I was older.”
Get inspired by four-time Olympian, survivor of cancer and COVID-19, and mom of three Chaunté Lowe. As the Tokyo 2020 Olympics finish off, discover what makes this high jumper tick — and how she came back from giving birth, a double mastectomy and chemo to return to world-beating physical condition. But the inspiring high jump champ doesn’t only have her eyes set on the track: “If I wasn’t an Olympian, I’d be a back-up dancer for Missy Elliot,” she says.
Olympic legend Apolo Ohno joins Carlos to discuss how the pandemic forced this speed skater to slow down and find his “true north,” and the lessons he learned from his immigrant father. Now working on his new book Hard Pivot, Ohno reflects on the mental health of Olympians and the struggle to find yourself when you no longer compete internationally. “The path to Olympic gold was never as clear or as erect as people believe,” he says.
Where does actor, comedian and DJ Flula Borg consider one of the most beautiful places in the world? Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany, south of Munich, near the Austrian border. This stunning and “very pretty place,” according to DJ Borg, is a mecca for skiing, hiking and Bavarian charm.
“I am grateful that I was able to ... play ’til I was an old man at the age of 40,” says NBA legend and Atlanta Hawks co-owner Grant Hill. The 1996 gold medalist opens up about the injury that stopped his career in its tracks, and the difficulties he faced both mentally and physically when coming back from it. Tune in to learn the surprising impact he says Hillary Clinton made in his life.
Today, see a new side of Caitlyn. While she’s no stranger to the spotlight, Jenner opens up about her struggles with mental health. She explains how growing up with dyslexia and struggling with her identity helped her put her energy into athletics. “Because of the issues I had in my life, when sports came around I needed it more than the next person.” Plus, she spills some tea on the Kardashian/Jenner klan.