Missy Franklin Suffers Panic Attack During Olympic Trials

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A panic attack is not quite uncommon with athletes, especially those with the reputation of Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin. Many of these superstars are used to such attacks, and have learned to deal with them. But Missy Franklin notes that she experienced the situation for the very first time while undergoing trials for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Franklin created quite some sensation in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Competing for the first time in the Olympics, the swimmer won four gold medals. She was probably ready to set new records in the Rio Games, but in her recently published memoir, Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Rising Of A Champion, she noted that things were quite different in 2016.

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Panic attack

In her memoir, Franklin noted that it was easy for people to tell that something was not right. She recounted that she experienced panic attacks in the form of anxiety.  

She described what she went through during these attacks: “My throat would close, I couldn’t breathe, and I’d start to shake uncontrollably. I couldn’t explain it, couldn’t understand it-but there it was. And all I could think was, ‘What is happening? This isn’t me. This isn’t me.’”

Dealing with panic attacks

Franklin said she does a lot of meditation to cope with her panic attacks. Experts say this is a known way to effectively deal with the situation. It is not exactly clear how her actions help her deal with her attacks, and Franklin said she will not let the condition weigh her down.

The swimmer seems to use self-confidence as another means to deal with her situation. She wrote, “Everyone knows what it’s like to fail – and here I’d failed in front of billions of people. I’m determined to rediscover the joy of swimming that helped me to win all those medals in London, putting up times that still stand as world records, Olympic records. I don’t feel that joy right now, but I know it’s in me. Deep down. Somewhere. I need only to tap back into it, embrace it, make it once again my own.”

Missy Franklin is certainly not the only one going through such moments. She has probably come up with her memoir so that others in her same situation can gather the courage to cope with what they’re going through.


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