‘He’s Been Through It All’- Shaun White Praises Michael Phelps for Being a Mental Health Inspiration

Published 11/17/2021, 9:55 AM EST
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 13: Shaun White of the United States reacts after his run during the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Qualification on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Shaun White has had an absolutely incredible career so far. He is the first person to win medals in both the Summer X-Games and Winter X-Games. Moreover, his achievements in the field of snowboarding are incredible for the sheer commitment he has shown towards his sport.

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White is looking to qualify for the Winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing. In the meantime, the legendary snowboarder also expressed his views on athletes opening up on mental health issues.

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White joins a growing list of athletes who have opened up about the immense pressure that comes with competing professionally.

Shaun White opens up on Michael Phelps’ influence

The legendary snowboarder opened up to PEOPLE, on how other athletes influenced him to do the same.

“Having other athletes talk about it was really inspiring to me, so then I started talking about it, because it affects us all, even people outside of athletics. Nowadays, I just talk about it. I just bring it up. I don’t pretend it’s not happening, or like I don’t feel overwhelmed at times, or feel the pressure. I’ve always used it as a motivator,” said White.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 14: Shaun White of USA takes 1st place during the Snowboarding Men’s Halfpipe Finals at Pheonix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Laurent Salino/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the gymnastics competition in Tokyo paved the way for a lot of athletes to focus on their mental health. On the other hand, he loved what Phelps did to the careers of many people who had similar struggles in their lives.

“I’ve been able to lean on Michael Phelps here and there. He’s a really awesome guy and a great person, because he’s been through it all,” said White.

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Phelps’ foundation for people

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Despite winning 23 gold medals at the Olympic Games, Phelps’ life hasn’t been as easy as it would appear from the outside. He spoke about the mental health struggles he had when he competed during the Olympics and the expectations of the fans across the world.

He created a foundation to promote healthy and active lives amongst people, with an emphasis on increasing participation in swimming as well.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 06: Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps speaks during a Panasonic press event for CES 2020 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 6, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs January 7-10 and features about 4,500 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

With White hopes to win another gold medal at Beijing Winter Olympics, he is another example of many athletes feeling the pressures of competing in major sporting events.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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