I read this strange article the other day about another Olympic hopeful. It spotlights Steven Lopez, who has previously won Olympic Gold in taekwondo.
The story goes as so: Lopez won Olympic Gold in 2000 and 2004. In 2008, he was upset and took the bronze. Now he's back trying for another gold.
What's strange about this whole situation is how Lopez has put his entire life and development on hold to do this. At age 33, he still lives with his parents, where his Mom cooks his meals and does his laundry.
How is this a healthy situation? In my view, he has essentially given up being an adult to try and win yet another gold medal. He's already won 2 gold medals, which gives him a different outcome than 99.99% of all athletes. Will another gold medal really make that much difference??
Maybe it's time to start thinking about other things like, oh I don't know, getting started on a career or starting a family.
In the article, it even says he may go for gold again at the next Olympics. So is that another 4 years of living with Mom and Dad?
I really wouldn't have any problem if he was living on his own and doing this. But somebody should be tellling him it's time to move out. And if that decreases his chances of another gold medal, then so be it. There are more important things in life.