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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.ITV News YouTube Channel
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