Leisel Jones reveals ‘psychotic pursuit’ of Olympic gold came at cost of mental health


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Former Australian Olympic gold-medallist swimmer Leisel Jones has revealed that a ‘psychotic pursuit’ of her gold medal came at the cost of her mental health.

Jones is one name in a list of Australia‘s finest sportspersons suffering mentally in the pursuit of success like Ian Thorpe, Petria Thomas, Libby Trickett, Greg Huegill, Ben Tune and many others.

According to Telegraph.com.au, Jones admitted that her entire self-worth was invested in winning in the lead up to the Beijing Games in 2008, adding that she felt that she could not live if she could not be known as an Olympic gold medallist.

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