HBO’s ‘The Weight of Gold’ tackles mental health for Olympic athletes


Having won 23 gold medals, in his career, swimmer Michael Phelps is has the most Olympian of all time. However, all of the fame and success in the world can’t spare him from suicidal thoughts. Although Phelps has previously opened up about his post-Olympics Depression, he raised even more awareness in his new documentary, The weight of the gold.

The HBO film treatment of the struggle of the Olympic athlete faces after the discover their purpose in a movement will inevitably take more of the people who is faster and stronger in the end. In addition, it shows how to and other factors caused elite athletes to spiral into depression they are given some resources to deal with it.

The documentary of the public feeling a little bit disengaged from the rest of the story. Phelps, through voice-over, reminding the spectators, 15,000 athletes set to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games forced to watch their dreams crash after COVID-19 attacks, the event was postponed to 2021. He contact of the adverse effects, which in the athlete’s mental health, and use this to continue talking about mental health struggles, past Olympic competitors face.

Loose connection of the modern era recommendations The weight of the gold Initially is being released conjunction with the 2020 Olympic Games. As Phelps, to this point, it would be helpful if he gave a spotlight to the candidates did not get to compete in the Olympic Games this summer. Although skip the feelings of the hopeful athletes, however, the content below is still compelling and important.

The narrative has an even flow of naturally established its conclusion.

In addition to the 2020 opening, describes an even flow of naturally established its conclusion. It is from archival footage of the athletes expected to the Olympics as a child. This requires a step forward by showing how sports is the only problem in a hopeful Olympic life. Then, it explained, Olympia, obtain a little financial assistance, and are often deeply in debt. Finally, the documentary of the relationship between the surrounding of the Depression the result of focusing on a single sport over the years, make it to the top, and then with the identity of deprivation, regardless of whether they win the gold medal.

The weight of the gold Complete influential takeaway: Olympic athletes are the overwhelming majority, frustrated, out-of-crowd of elite sports is depression, and the stigma around mental illness needs to end so everyone can openly get help and move forward.

Although the message itself is important, it is also very good communication. Phelps found the fact that most of the audience is not an Olympic athlete, he will ensure that the connection of the experience of the Olympia people is not a famous sport. In mental health Everyone The most important thing, the documentary happens in a relatable angle, hoping to encourage individuals to seek help, no matter who they are.

The film’s other obvious advantage is its beautiful presentation. Interviews of athletes, including Jeremy Bloom, Gracie Gold, Bode Miller, Shaun White, and Sasha. Cohen, David Boudia, Katie Uhlaender, Steven Holcomb on the death of appearance—are successfully combined with the wonderful game video, vivid photos and plays B-roll. It all feels movie.

However, although The weight of the gold Not a lot of things right, there are some factors it is possible to join to become even better.

Olympic athletes facing mental health stigma in the powerful HBO doc'weight of gold'

The documentary of the largest missed opportunity, it could be used to destigmatize mental illness, as it relates to people of color. Featured athletes are overwhelmingly white, while it does not feature an interview with speed skater Apollo Ohno, he is half Japanese, and the hurdler/bobsledder Lolo Jones, who is mixed-race, what also not say, about how mental health specifically applies to athletes not white.

Because there is a lot of stigma around mental health as it relates to certain communities of color, against which a subject may be added a deeper layer of the already strong narrative. In fact, some of the black athletes, including gymnast Simone abuse, have talked about how to defer to the 2020 Olympic Games may negatively affect an athlete’s physical and mental health. Increase one point, as she will allow Phelps to complete his opening connected to the upcoming Olympic Games in addition to enhance the experience of a black Olympian.

In addition, the documentaries are made for an American audience and so that each individual interviewed is the United States. This is understandable; however, the sound from the extra culture might appear, depression is not limited to a certain nationality. Add in from other countries, athletes may also have increased the ethnic diversity, and provide a unique insight into how mental health discrimination throughout the world.

More confusing the function of a documentary is how to deal with the role of the Olympic Committee to play in the athlete’s physical and mental health.

More confusing the function of a documentary is how to deal with the role of the Olympic Committee to play in the athlete’s physical and mental health. Many retired Olympic competitors discussed how almost no mental health resources the opening of the Olympic athletes after their career is over. They say that although there are a large number of professionals are always ready to help the current Olympia stay mentally strong, no one wants to help them deal with issues outside of their sport. This seems to be a big problem, yet the record never really investigate this more surprisingly, it is the end of a link to mental health resources for elite athletes in the Team USA website, if the organization of you have never discussed. Huh? Is there a bigger story here, instead of being fully fleshed out for? It looks like the U.S. team established a new mental health task force in April, but it was never talked about inside the documentary. This aspect would be beneficial.

Despite these defects, what is in discussion The weight of the gold Nevertheless, it’s important, and if this documentary does anything, I hope it will serve as a starting point, and even more athletes to come and encourage others to get help.

I’m a sucker for a good Olympic story. I also appreciated the content, the purpose of which is the end of the remaining stigma around mental health. Especially because The weight of the gold The completion of the latter of these two things, I can recommend it. However, it is important to recognize that in view of the documentary, there are more stories not displayed on the screen is also worth a listen. The dialogue around mental health, including the ways in which it relates to Olympic athletes must continue. This is a solid start.

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