US swimmer advises the media to stay away from defeated athlete

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Simone Manuel, an Olympic swimmer from the United States, argues that swimmers should not be compelled to attend media interviews immediately after losses since they are “mentally and emotionally taxing.
Following poor results in her latest attempt to protect athletes’ mental health, Ms. Manuel stated that top athletes “aren’t obligated to offer people our full soul.”
“Have faith in my abilities. They put everything they had into it. At the moment, there was nothing else that people needed to know.”
Following a stunning showing in Rio, Ms. Manuel’s campaign in Tokyo did not go as anticipated. She won two gold and two silver medals, making her the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic swimming title. After failing to qualify for the 50m final in Japan, the 24-year-old had to settle for a single relay bronze.
“I had the bravery to go out there and attempt and perhaps fail,” she told reporters.
According to Ms. Manuel, athletes risked being called “sore losers” if they refused to speak to the media after a loss, even though they were often in no mental state to do so.
“Look at us as human beings with emotions,” she continued.
“Responding coherently while attempting to comprehend the reality that people have already observed you fall short of the goals you battled so hard for on the world’s greatest stage is both cognitively and emotionally taxing.” While participating in the US Olympic trials in June, Ms. Manuel reported experiencing heart rate spikes, insomnia, depression, worry, and exhaustion.

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