Physically and Mentally Taxed, Olympic Hopefuls Near the Finish

The pandemic year disrupted athletes’ training routines, leaving many depressed, anxious and seeking help.

By Scott Cacciola

EUGENE, Ore. — Sam Parsons felt that he was in the best shape of his life when he lined up for the start of the 5,000 meters at the Drake Relays in April. He had used the yearlong Olympic postponement to ramp up his training with the goal of competing for Germany at the Tokyo Games this summer.

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