The Rich Roll Podcast

Roll On: The Mental Health Olympics

We love to celebrate our Olympic heroes—but is chasing gold worth the mental health struggles so many athletes face when the klieg lights dim?

It’s time to talk about what’s wrong with the Olympic institution & more in today’s edition of ‘Roll On’, wherein myself and my podcast co-pilot Adam Skolnick prognosticate on matters contemporaneous, current, confounding, complex, self-evident, and non-obvious. We dissect big stories, share a few wins of the week, do some show and tell, and round it all out by answering some of the questions dropped on our voicemail, which you can ring up at (424) 235-4626.

Aside from serving as my magnanimous sidecar hype-beast, Adam Skolnick is a waterman, writer, activist, and veteran journalist best known as David Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me, co-author. Adam writes about adventure sports, environmental issues, and civil rights for outlets such as The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, and Men’s Health. He is the author of One Breath and is currently using the ‘new dad’ excuse to avoid working on his novel.

Some of the many topics covered today include:

  • Adam’s close encounter with a great white shark;
  • Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh and the massive melting event in Greenland;
  • Robbie Balenger’s Colorado Crush challenge;
  • Timothy Olson’s recent FKT on the Pacific Crest Trail;
  • Simone Biles’ choice to step away from the Olympics & the impact the games have on athletes’ mental health;
  • ROC and whether or not Russia was truly banned from the Olympics;
  • the benefits of blood flow restriction & ultra-short race-pace training; and
  • the ways the Olympic committee can better support athletes’.

In addition, we answer the following listener questions:

  • What does it mean to ‘do the work’?
  • What are Rich & Adam’s top five bands and albums?
  • How do you set realistic physical goals as you age?

Thank you to Justin from Minnesota, Jess from Illinois, and Bev from Denver for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on our Facebook Page or better yet leave a voicemail at (424) 235-4626.

To read more click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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