Saving a life more important than winning a gold medal: Phelps

Vastavam web: Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps has opened up again about his ongoing battle with depression, hoping he can help others who struggle with the disease. “I’d like to make a difference, I’d like to be able to save a life if I can,” Phelps said yesterday in an interview. “For me that’s more important than winning a gold medal.” “I was able to do some pretty incredible things in the swimming pool and I struggled outside as well,” Phelps said.

“There was part of my life I didn’t want to be alive. ” Phelps has spoken before of falling into depression after each Olympics he competed in, hitting a low point after the 2012 London Games in which he stayed in one room for days. “Two to three weeks ago I went through a scary depression spell,” he told. “This is something that’s going to continue to happen in my life.” Phelps said speaking to a therapist was useful, as was the help of his wife, Nicole. “(My wife) is my everything and my rock and helps me through everyday life,” Phelps said. “I do like who I am and I’m comfortable with who I am,” he added. “I couldn’t say that a few years ago.