The very nature of a world championâ€™s job increases the risk of imbalance, or an unbalanced perspective on life that leads to a state of â€œdis-easeâ€. Depression is just one symptom.
Thorpe made one glaring mistake common to great sporting champions:Â he surrounded himself with coaches, but few or no mentors. Mentors are those who have gone before, who have their chargeâ€™s best interests at heart. They can guide champions and ensure that their â€œgame plansâ€ are â€œmade of the right stuff â€, as they move from good to great to greater.
Most important of all, mentors are often best placed to restore balance and paint the bigger picture of life â€“ that life is indeed bigger than sport.