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Olympic attention to mental health: Can NBC coverage pivot?

NEW YORK (AP) — If NBC’s Michele Tafoya expected exultation or tears of joy from American swimmer Caeleb Dressel when she asked how it felt to reach his dream of an Olympic gold medal, that’s not what she got.

He was happy, but hurting. “It’s a really tough year,” he said. “It’s really hard.”

Olympic athletes, most notably gymnast Simon Biles, haven’t been afraid to express the mental and emotional difficulties they’ve faced . . .

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