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US Olympic athletes on mental health challenges

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: AP AND SNTV CLIENTS MAY USE ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP AND SNTV CLIENTS MAY USE Tokyo - 31 July 20211. Various of news conference with US mixed triathlon team at Tokyo 2020 Olympics2. SOUNDBITE (English) Morgan Pearson, US mixed triathlon team:"I think it's important to remember that at the end of the day we're just playing a sport, doing a sport, and our lives are more valuable than just the medals that we have, you know, I think it's easy to get caught up with that, but, there's more important things."3. Wide of news conference4. SOUNDBITE (English) Katie Zafares, US mixed triathlon team:"Well, for me, it's been a game changer since Rio, because before Rio, I didn't work with a sports psychologist, and I kind of just, whenever I would freak out and get really nervous, I'd be like, 'oh I want to talk to someone', at that moment, it was more reactive, rather than something I did routinely."5. Close of US logo on athlete's jacket6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kevin McDowell, US mixed triathlon team:"I used to always be someone that bottled everything in, so I thought that I just needed to hold it in and keep it to myself, but I didn't think like to speak up, or just to vent stuff, or just be more open, so for me, my family has become a big rock."7. Wide of US mixed triathlon team leaving news conferenceSTORYLINE:Lives are more important than medals, US triathlon athlete Morgan Pearson said after his team won silver Saturday in Tokyo.The mixed triathlon event – swimming, cycling and running - has just made its debut at the Olympics and the US team came just a few seconds behind Britain. France finished with bronze.But with the focus on the mental health of athletes, the American team reflected on how they cope with the pressure of competing at the top level of sport, highlighting the importance of addressing mental health issues."It's important to remember that at the end of the day we're just playing a sport, doing a sport, and our lives are more valuable than just the medals," Pearson said in the press conference following the medals' ceremony. Katie Zafares said she started talking to a psychologist after taking part in the Rio Olympics, and it's now part of her routine. Kevin McDowell said the pandemic has brought him closer to his parents and family, and now he opens up and talks to them about his feelings instead of bottling "everything in", and reach out for help when he already was "completely broken or down."===============================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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