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Rachael Flatt: From Olympic Rink to Research Lab

Rachael Flatt: From Olympic Rink to Research Lab

Jul 1, 2019-- There's little Rachael Flatt, former Olympic figure skater, can't achieve on or off the ice. Flatt's impressive skating career includes being the 2008 World Junior champion, a winner of four silver medals on the Grand Prix series, and the 2010 U.S. national champion. Flatt went on to represent the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver during her senior year in high school and placed 7th. Now a graduate Clinical Psychology student at the University of North Carolina, she's set her sights on developing digital mental health tools to help athletes struggling with body image concerns and eating disorders. In this piece, writer Emily Barr gives readers an inside look at what it was like for Rachael to grow up under the spotlight, how she learned to make peace with public scrutiny, and why she's determined to change the mental health landscape for future generations. (1958 reads)

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