Stephanie Rice reveals the truth about her tearful Tokyo Games breakdown

Stephanie Rice reveals the truth about her tearful Tokyo Games breakdown
Stephanie Rice reveals the truth about her tearful Tokyo Games breakdown

Three-time Olympic champion Stephanie Rice has opened up about her tearful social media posts following the Tokyo Games.

In September, the 33-year-old broke down on Instagram while discussing the mental health issues she experienced after her professional swimming career wound down.

During interview on Mark Howard’s podcast The Howie Games this week, Steph admitted that it was struggle to find her purpose after she finished swimming.

Brave: Three-time Olympic champion Stephanie Rice has opened up about her tearful social media posts following the Tokyo Games

Brave: Three-time Olympic champion Stephanie Rice has opened up about her tearful social media posts following the Tokyo Games

'People would ask me if I was still swimming and I would say no,' she said, according to news.com.au.

'The next question was, "What do you do now?" and I couldn’t answer it,' she continued.

'I just felt like I was lying the whole the time, saying wishy-washy things like "I still do a bit of speaking, I do some brand ambassador work and a little bit of coaching." Those things would literally take up five days of my year.

'It just felt like there was a reputation to uphold and my identity is that I’m a successful driven person, so to not feel like I identify with that publicly just felt wrong.'

The former athlete said that she had to work hard on herself to discover who she really was away from swimming.

'I know that now and I’ve done that work, re-identified that person and so therefore I don’t really relate to who I was as a swimmer any more,' she explained.

'I’m completely different and I really felt like I had to detach from that person in order to move on.'

Broken: In September, the 33-year-old broke down on Instagram while discussing the mental health issues she experienced after her professional swimming career wound down

Broken: In September, the 33-year-old broke down on Instagram while discussing the mental health issues she experienced after her professional swimming career wound down

Back in September, Stephanie revealed her battle with mental health after retiring from swimming back in 2014. 

She shared a short video of herself wiping away tears from her eyes as she confessed she 'felt lost, depressed [and] irrelevant' after leaving swimming. 

'I tossed around with posting this for a month or so because its important for me

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