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Big Questions with Cal Fussman

Aug 4, 2020

Cal became curious about an intriguing character in the HBO documentary, The Weight of Gold, which addresses a culture of depression among American Olympians that has led to a series of suicides. So he immediately called Katie Uhlaender to find out what makes an Olympic life and how depression finds its way inside it. After competing in four Winter Olympics in the Skeleton event, and losing a medal to an opponent who was involved in a doping scandal, Katie finds herself in a position to be a voice for the athlete in a system that only seems to care about results. Cal believes we shouldn’t be taking health insurance away from our Olympians the moment they’re off the conveyer belt any more than we should be taking it away from people who get fired or furloughed during the coronavirus. Lots to think about.