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Brett Rapkin

The Weight of Gold

by Brett Rapkin

The Weight of Gold

Brett Rapkin

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Narrated and produced by Michael Phelps, the world's most decorated Olympian, this documentary explores the sides of Olympic stardom that we don't often read about in mainstream media.

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The Weight of Gold

by Brett Rapkin

The Weight of Gold

Brett Rapkin

Overview

Olympians may be incredible athletes, but they are still just people. The Weight of Gold sheds light on the mental health difficulties that Olympians struggle with after the end of their careers.

From their earliest sporting memories and greatest achievements, to mental health challenges and anxieties post-career, this documentary shows us the vulnerable side of former Olympic powerhouses. A roster of decorated Olympic athletes share their experiences here, from snowboarder Shaun White, hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones, figure skater Gracie Gold, to Michael Phelps himself.

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"We're human. I don't think I have to say anything else. We're human beings just like everybody else."

Michael Phelps

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The Weight of Gold

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