The end of the Winter Olympics can be a trying time for athletes that didn’t perform to the personal level they’d hope for.  Carrie Bates with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and three-time Olympic gold medal swimmer says many athletes put an insurmountable amount of pressure on themselves:

“Those are the things that can stay with us for a lifetime and really in our minds can supersede the success we had leading into the games.”

Bates says every single elite athlete has experienced exhilarating, amazing wins but has all also experienced bone-crushing defeats.