Today’s guest is Kelsey Campbell, an incredible Olympic athlete. She was the first female wrestler to compete for Arizona State University in 2007 and is the 12th woman in the US to wrestle for a Division I Men’s Wrestling team. The Scottsdale resident has conditioned her body and mental toughness to outperform her peers and that ambition and dedication has led to a number of national and international accolades, including representing the US in the Olympic Games in 2012 in London. Kelsey is passionate about music and plans to pursue a career in singing and writing, following her wrestling career and competing in the 2020 Olympic Games. In this episode, we learn how Kelsey into wrestling in the first place and her journey to the 2012 London Olympics. She also shares some personal stories about her experience with depression and the perception of mental health struggles in the Olympic competitive sports community. The common theme throughout Kelsey’s story is cultivating self-trust and the confidence it inspires, so let’s dive straight in!
Key Points from This Episode:
- Goals, gratitudes, and badassery from Kelsey!
- Kelsey talks about the 2020 Olympics being delayed until 2021 due to COVID-19.
- What got Kelsey into wrestling and her journey to the US Olympic team.
- Kelsey shares her experience with a coach that reinforced her belief in herself.
- The importance of accepting that we grow and evolve and rolling with the punches.
- What is was like for Kelsey to go to the Olympics in 2012 and what she remembers.
- Kelsey’s struggle with depression after not winning a medal at the 2012 Olympics.
- The perception of mental health struggles in athletics and how it has changed.
- The importance of using your platform to open up about mental health struggles.
- A personal experience of healing and a quote from Kelsey to end the show.
“We think, “I don’t do it like them, I don’t learn like them,” and we talk ourselves out of doing crazy things that we might be great at, we just have to be convinced of ourselves.” — @worldchanger55 [0:18:53]
“When you lose something, you go back to the last place you remember having it, and… I’m trying to do that for myself.” — @worldchanger55 [0:24:05]
“There is a definitely a lack of understanding about mental health struggles in athletics, and I think it’s up to all of us who do understand it to be more candid about it.” — @worldchanger55 [0:33:29]
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