After figure skater Ashley Wagner finished fourth at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and was left off the 2018 Winter Olympics team, she said she fell “into a very severe depression.”
Wagner — who was then “furious” and criticized the judges at nationals — opened up about her depression on her Instagram story Wednesday, which was World Mental Health Day. She is the latest athlete to share her struggle with mental health issues, joining others like fellow Olympian Michael Phelps and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love.
In a series of Instagram videos, Wagner explained how her self-esteem and self-worth was linked to her success as an athlete, so when she failed to make the 2018 Olympic team after winning a team bronze medal in Sochi four years ago, she began questioning everything.
“So I’m seeing on Instagram that it is World Mental Health Day, and I wanted to take a second and talk to you guys about mental health and what it means to me. After nationals and the way that everything went down, I went into a very severe depressi