A fall in the snow while walking in Stockholm after training forced Sarah Sjostrom, world record holder in the 50 and 100 freestyle and Olympic silver in the 200 freestyle, to a surgery. The Swede underwent surgery on her right elbow on Monday and she will have to stay still for 3 months before being able to train at full speed.
She said: "I feel devastated, but at the same time I am determined and motivated to come back stronger than ever. I have seen athletes come back stronger after injuries and now they are my great inspiration." Rene Tour does not focus on rehabilitation.
Sarah boasts 4 world records: 50 and 100 freestyle, 50 and 100 m butterfly.
Michael Phelps and the depression
Nicole, wife of American swimming champion Michael Phelps, talked about her husband's depression in an interview with Today.
Phelps won 23 gold medals at the Olympics, but for years he has been struggling with a difficult and insidious enemy like depression. A recent study showed that nearly 28% of Americans suffer from depression, about three times the number prior to the COVID-19 arrival.
Nicole Phelps said: "I remember a year ago when the news came of Kobe Bryant's death in a helicopter crash. After his wife Vanessa lost him, all I could do was look at Michael and say: We can help. ? Because if I lose you, I don't know what I'm going to do.
I thought I could solve her problem, be her therapist, be the one she needs but what I've learned is that you can't take responsibility for how she feels no matter how much You love him. Guys want to be close to Michael when he's having a hard day.
They want to try to make him happy, especially Boomer because he's the oldest. So we tell him, 'Hey Booms, dad is having a hard time and he just needs to take a moment to be alone. 'We want Boomer to understand that it's not about him, it's about Michael."
In a long Instragram post she said: "Mental health is just as important as physical health. And if you can find some kind of exercise - you enjoy - you’ll accomplish tending to both at once @ m_phelps00 encouraged me to start lifting with him 3xs a week this past May, I have never felt stronger or more confident in my body than I do now.
I know part of that is that my body helped me grow and birth 3 healthy boys but that also made me feel weaker. I now lift not only for my health but also the ability to hold one, sometimes 2 in my arms. There’s def days I don’t want to do it - like today - but as I push myself and push thru I know once I’m finished I will feel better physically and mentally!"