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Tuesday, October 16 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Opening Panel: Keeping Your Head in the Game of Life: Mental Health and Sports

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At some point in every athlete's career, the inevitable happens: you hit a wall.  You lose your drive, you have an injury, or nerves get in the way. And when it's time to think about walking away from the sport to which you have dedicated most of your life… it's not always easy, physically and emotionally.  ESPN’s Kate Fagan, author of “What Made Maddy Run” has an eye-opening discussion with Olympic Gold medalist and five-time Olympian in snowboarding, Kelly Clark,  five-time Olympic Gold medalist in swimming, Missy Franklin, and Paralympic track & field athlete,  Scout Bassett, who has each struggled through the sometimes difficult mental health challenges of athletic competition and of its effect on life out of competitive athletics. 

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Kate Fagan

Columnist and feature writer, espnW, ESPN.com
Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for espnWESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She is also a regular panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn and can also be seen on Outside the Lines. Previously, Fagan spent three seasons covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York... Read More →

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Scout Bassett

Track & Field, Paralympian
Scout was born in Nanjing, China and at the age of one and a half, lost her right leg in a chemical fire. She was left on the streets of Nanjing before being taken to the Nanjing children’s welfare institute where she spent the next seven years suffering from malnutrition, isolation... Read More →
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Kelly Clark

Three-time Olympic medalist
At thirty-five years of age, Kelly is a five time Olympian, three-time Olympic medalist and the winningest athlete in snowboarding history. She is a trailblazer and dominant force in the sport of snowboarding, continually innovating and “raising her own bar” in every competition... Read More →
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Missy Franklin

Five-time Olympic gold medalist
Missy Franklin is a five-time Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder in the sport of swimming.At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Franklin earned a gold medal as a member of the 4x200m free relay. The gold added to her medal haul from the 2012 Olympics in London, where... Read More →

Tuesday October 16, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Room B