Obsesh for Athletes
Obsesh Co-Founder and CDO Jonalyn Morris joined Athletes Soul to talk about the important subject of post-olympic depression for athletes
Imagine you spend countless hours every day for years training for a competition. You work hard, make the cut, travel to the event which features the top global performers in your sport. A grand ceremony is held to open the competition, and after that, you put all of your hard work to the test against the best of the best. Win or lose, you are launched into an environment of globalized attention, with a hyper-focus on representing your country with pride and honor. And then after your competition, it’s over. Just like that.
This is the reality that Olympians feel after every Olympic Games that they compete in. The Olympic Blues, or the feeling that many athletes get after the conclusion of the Olympics that they compete in, is a common yet not often talked about happening in the athletic community. It can be devastating to an athlete, especially since there is usually no one at home that they can relate with about the subject.
That’s exactly the reason that Obsesh partnered with Athlete’s Soul to deliver an informative panel on the Olympic Blues. Athlete’s Soul is a non-profit organization that works with athletes who are transitioning from their playing days into athletic retirement. The founder of Athlete’s Soul, two-time Olympian Myriam Glez, spoke with Jonalyn Morris, Pauls Pujats, Maddy Price, and Dana Matthewson about the Olympic Blues and how recognition of it needs to improve.
The panel covered many topics ranging from the conditions of sleeping and eating quarters at the games, to how they spent their time after the games concluded. The answers were unique to each athlete, as Maddy Price, who ran for Canada’s fourth-place finishing 4×400 relay team found time to not train and to relax, while wheelchair tennis player Dana Matthewson went straight from her Olympic competition in Tokyo to the U.S Open in New York City.
The panel certainly raised awareness for the need for athletes to talk about their transition from major events like the Olympics to every day life. If you’re interested in learning about the Olympic experience directly from an Olympian, you can visit Obsesh to pick from 12 Olympians to book an experience with!