Caroline Burckle Discusses Mental Health and Well-Being for Olympic Athletes

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2008 Olympian and Olympic medalist Caroline Burckle sat down to discuss one of the biggest topics of the 2020 Olympic Games: mental health for athletes. This was brought to the forefront of the Games when Olympic gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the team competition. Burckle emphasizes that when she was competing, it would have been helpful to merely have someone to talk to consistently about struggles she was going through in or out of the pool, and cherishes the times she did get to have those conversations.
Burckle is no stranger to lending that listening ear, having started RISE Athletes with Co-Olympian Rebecca Soni, a business that provides young athletes with mentors who have been at the top of their sport and know the ups and downs that come with it.

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David S
1 month ago

Cnn says “white males” aren’t allowed to talk about this.
I’m serious

nope
Reply to  David S
1 month ago

what?

nope
Reply to  nope
1 month ago

(i’m confused why you care so much about what like one dude at cnn, a news station you can avoid by just turning off your tv, thinks. btw)

Mike
Reply to  David S
1 month ago

They said white males can’t talk about mental health or that white males should be careful about assuming the experience of athletes who are women or women of color?

JDM
Reply to  Mike
1 month ago

good distinction, yes.

Last edited 1 month ago by JDM
David
Reply to  Mike
1 month ago

Only Americans see colour

JDM
Reply to  David S
1 month ago

Hey, fellow white guy here — CNN may make it dramatic, but the point is that part of what contributes to the mental health of a person of color is the experience of being a person of color, which is not really something we can tell them about … cause we don’t know…. seems super simple … Not sure why you need to be so hostile about that.

Breezeway
Reply to  JDM
1 month ago

This ☝🏾

JDS
Reply to  JDM
1 month ago

We all hav our own life experiences and stresses that we have to deal with. Mental health is not a contest. It is naive at best to say one “group’s” issues are more or less than others. Mental health issues do not belong to one group or another and no one should ever be made to feel bad about having them.

Alex Dragovich
Reply to  David S
1 month ago

More culture war grievances. Just can’t leave it alone and not insert yourself into this as a victim. Knock it off man, your bs is soooo tired.

Jennifer
Reply to  David S
1 month ago

I agree with you David S. CNN SUCKS.

HISWIMCOACH
1 month ago

Putting masks on people seems pretty bad for mental health. And normalizing it on places likes podiums is just odd. But maybe that’s just me.

Stewie
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 month ago

Nutty anti-vaxxer alert

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Stewie
1 month ago

A “conspiracy theorist” is anyone who has been paying attention for the past sixty years.

Your labels mean nothing

Tommy
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 month ago

Who are you quoting?

PeachyBum
1 month ago

I can’t be the only one sick of the Simone Biles news. Don’t get me wrong, I feel for her and her struggle. It just seems the majority of the Olympics news I see (outside of this site obviously) is talking about her instead of the other athletes that are still competing.

Breezeway
Reply to  PeachyBum
1 month ago

When you’re the 🐐, you get the headlines. No different from Phelps or anyone else

CraigH
Reply to  Breezeway
1 month ago

She’s not the greatest though. A quick google search reveals a bunch of gymnasts with better resumes than her. Check out Larisa Latynina’s biography.

Biles is just an American, and the US media can’t help but pump up American athletes as the greatest.

HJones
Reply to  CraigH
1 month ago

Biles is in the DEBATE for greatest, along with people like Latynina, Comaneci, and Caslavska. If you ask gymnastic fans from other countries, you will get very different answers from what NBC will try to tell you.

It’s not like Phelps where no matter what country you go to, who you ask, he is pretty much the only answer to the GOAT swimmer question.

Breezeway
Reply to  CraigH
1 month ago

It seems that the majority of the gymnast community thinks she’s the goat. I’ll go with them.
When the judges/officials minimizes your score difficulty just because no one else can compete with it, that’s all I need to know.

bigNowhere
Reply to  CraigH
1 month ago

You don’t actually believe this do you? Google actually tells you the opposite:

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/13/769896721/simone-biles-becomes-the-most-decorated-gymnast-in-world-championship-history

HJones
Reply to  Breezeway
1 month ago

After what has happened at this meet for her, I don’t think you can call her the GOAT for sure. It’s not exactly her fault, but it unfortunately works against her case.

And even if you want to call her the GOAT, she’s quite not in the class of Phelps, MJ, Brady, S. Williams, Hamm, etc. compared to her sport.

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Reply to  HJones
1 month ago

The Greatest …..

Muhammad Ali

https://youtu.be/80wMMFAcweQ

Last edited 1 month ago by Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Jennifer
Reply to  Breezeway
1 month ago

If you can’t complete what you’ve signed up for, you’re not a goat.

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  Jennifer
1 month ago

Can someone make sure Michael Jordan gets this memo?

Coach
Reply to  Jennifer
1 month ago

So because Katie Ledecky withdrew from Worlds in 2019 when she was sick, she can’t be considered the female distance swimmer goat?

Breezeway
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

☝🏾 I guess they want her to forget her twisties and land on her head and paralyze herself just to justify her goat status

Walter
Reply to  Jennifer
1 month ago

Oh, Jennifer, I am so sorry for you.

CJJones
Reply to  PeachyBum
1 month ago

They talk about the other athletes that are still competing. They just talk about Simone Biles more. She is the face of these Olympic Games.

Coach
Reply to  PeachyBum
1 month ago

My guess is that Simone agrees with you.

Just an opinion
1 month ago

Carol has no proper education or professional experience to talk about mental health from a diagnostic, clinical, or therapeutical point of view. And it shows.

Col. Trautman
Reply to  Just an opinion
1 month ago

On one side of the argument, you are correct, Ms. Burckle has no specialized training on the subject. It could be analogous to a frequent flyer who has accumulated millions or even billions of frequent flyer miles. With that much flying he or she must surely be able to pilot the aircraft by now, right? Obviously not as it takes years of specialized training to pilot an aircraft.

On the other side of the argument, as far as I’m aware, Michael Phelps is not a psychologist or psychiatrist and does not have any masters or PhD in psychology. So should Michael Phelps NOT be espousing his opinions on mental health to the entire nation? And by extension should no athlete… Read more »

Lead by Example
1 month ago

Where is the discussion about Bile’s TUE for Ritalin/Adderall and how they are explicitly banned in Japan? If you bring any d-amphetamine and l-amphetamine (including Adderall) into Japan for any reason, you risk arrest and imprisonment. Does this not correlate to the lack of focus we saw with Simone’s performance?

swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  Lead by Example
1 month ago

I’d be curious if she’s holding off to confirm this until after the games.

Coach
Reply to  Lead by Example
1 month ago

Athletes were allowed to bring ritalin/ adderall with proper documentation. National team swimmers were told this in March. They could only bring enough doses to equal the number of days that they would be in Tokyo. I assume that USA Gymnastics also communicated this message to their athletes, but I know the swimmers were notified this spring.

Alex Dragovich
Reply to  Lead by Example
1 month ago

Your “gotcha” moment fell flat.

Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

Simone Manuel > Simone biles

Alex Dragovich
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

Why is it necessary to rate or judge how they’ve dealt with their respective struggles?

Gogo bibi
Reply to  Alex Dragovich
1 month ago

Yes

Taa
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

Yeah of course swimmers > gymnasts

Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

Handling pressure and keep going despite mental struggles and injuries is what makes an olympic athlete, I respect Simone Manuel because even with OTS , she stepped up and race individually and relay for USA.

Some other examples :
Campbell – Hernia in Rio
Sjostrom – Broken Elbow
Shields – Suicide Attempt
Phelps, Thorpe – Depression

Last edited 1 month ago by Eric the eel > Phelps
Breezeway
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

Campbell – Hernia in Rio” – 🤣. My Gawd, thats a new one. That’s about 4-5 excuses now.

Do you understand the difficulty of Simone’s skills and the physical danger involved if she has no idea what is up or down when she lands? But hey, let’s compare that to a muscle strain or bruise.

Gogo bibi
Reply to  Breezeway
1 month ago

She had surgery after rio games fyi. Why did Simone participate then ?

Last edited 1 month ago by Gogo bibi
Steve Nolan
1 month ago

ooh time to check in on the comment section real quick and…
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