‘You get pushed to your limits’: The gymnast driven to suicidal thoughts and self-harm| ITV News

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  • ITV News featured the story of gymnast Christian Cox, who explained how he was driven to despair – including suicidal thoughts – by the pressures of the physically demanding sport.

    When you watch Christian Cox take to the floor, he has such flair and poise. A real gymnastic talent, but what it took for him to become a World Champion gymnast, as a teenager, was difficult to hear.

    He was 17 when he won the accolade in Putian, China in 2016, as part of the Men’s 4 Junior Acrobatics team. It was a tremendous achievement. His dream, but it drove him to the point of suicide.

    Former World Champion Chris Cox told ITV News: “You get pushed to your limits without realising, that you’re really not OK here.”

    In the weeks and months leading up to the contest he was perpetually training, four hours a day, seven days a week. He struggled under the pressure of it all, struggled to train in pain and struggled with some of the acrobatic stunts he was required to perform. He started to self-harm. He claims his coaches knew what he was doing.

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