Kieren Perkins Reveals Panic Attack That Almost Cost Him Olympic Swimming Glory At Atlanta 1996 – Yahoo!7 Sport

It has had a major effect on our marriage and life. He is making irresponsible decisions regarding our home and assets out of fear of death. He wants to sell everything and spend the money after 40 years of working to get to where we are. It is very difficult to cope. His anxiety is causing depression not only for myself but for our ten year old disabled son. He is taking meds but they seem to be of little help.
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My God, if I don’t win this swimming race, my family won’t love me anymore.” Race anticipation physically and mentally draining: Hackett Former rival and Olympic gold medallist Grant Hackett says he can empathise with how Perkins felt. “I’ve had many moments going from that heat swim where it’s felt like a disaster, thinking, ‘How am I going to shape up for the final 36 hours later and carry that expectation and actually get up and meet everyone’s expectations of winning?'” he said. “And that’s what Kieren had in 1996. Those hours feel like days and you don’t sleep real well, you’re constantly thinking about the race. Physically and mentally and emotionally, it’s just draining.” “King Kieren” had built a reputation for having honed enormous mental strength. His mind-over-matter approach and his ability to compartmentalise had helped him destroy opponents in the pool. Yet with just hours to go before the final, Perkins would suffer the ultimate crisis of confidence. This “Superfish” had lost his superpower.
Source: Kieren Perkins reveals panic attack that almost cost him Olympic swimming glory at Atlanta 1996 – Yahoo!7 Sport

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