Chloe Kim says she is taking a mental break from snowboarding

Winter Olympics superstar Chloe Kim said she is taking a break from snowboarding “just for my mental health.”

Months after his second consecutive half-pipe gold medal at the Winter Olympics in February, Kim told Cheddar last week: “[I] I just want to somehow reset myself, will not just get into it again after such a fun but draining year at the same time, knowing that it was an Olympic year. ”

Chloe Kim won her second halfpipe gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Chloe Kim won her second halfpipe gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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Kim’s announcement continued a movement of athletes publicly addressing the pressure from the elite competition.

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and tennis star Naomi Osaka have revealed mental problems in the midst of the battle to return to their championship form. Skier Mikaela Shiffrin exposed her matches with self-doubt during a Winter Olympics where the two-time gold winner did not win a medal.

Recently, Biles’ Olympic gold medalist in all-around, Suni Lee, said she is experiencing anxiety attacks due to the high expectations placed on her while competing in college in Auburn.

Kim told Cheddar that she experienced an emotional spiral after her first gold medal in 2018, but this time I knew what to expect, so I did not germinate as I did after my first. … It was a really hard time for me. ”

To help maintain her balance, Kim said she will take an entire year of competition. She also took a long break after the 2018 Games.

“I just want to enjoy this moment, take it all in and then come back to it when I feel ready,” she said. “But right now, the plan is definitely to go for a third medal.”

The next Winter Olympics are scheduled for 2026 in Italy.

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