Celebrating His First Father’s Day, Charlie White Writes About The Top 3 Lessons From His Athletic Career He’s Focusing On As A Dad

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Sylvia

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https://www.teamusa.org/News/2018/J...tic-Career-Hes-Focusing-On-As-Dad-Fathers-Day
This year, for the first time in my life, I get to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad and as a father myself. My son is now 7 months old and I’m pretty sure he’s actually just the greatest thing ever. I look at him and see the world in a completely different way. I see a bundle of potential and can imagine so many of the wonderful things he will experience. Yet on the horizon there are new challenges and new opportunities, many of which will change the world my son will grow up in in ways I’ll never be able to understand.
This along with the many other challenges of being a new father can be existentially terrifying. But out of everything that I’ve been fortunate to take away from my Olympic career, I feel like the valuable life lessons and philosophies are helping me cope with the fear and pressure. So while I doubt simply telling my son that I’m an Olympic champion will help me much, there really are quite a few things that I’ve learned which have helped prepare me for the shiny new title of Dad.
He also wrote a short essay for Skating magazine addressed "To the Class of 2018 Olympic Team" that can be read here: http://www.usfigureskatingfanzone.com/uncategorized/to-the-class-of-2018-olympic-team/

ICYMI, Meryl Davis penned an essay on the topic of "Finding New Purpose After Life as an Olympian" for Self magazine last month - link to the GSD thread: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/who-knew-that-meryl-davis-was-an-excellent-writer.104005/
 

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Wait a minute... pull it over! Not only did Tanith hit it out of the park at the Olys, but she did so just 3 months after having a baby?!?! Say what?!
 

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Wait a minute... pull it over! Not only did Tanith hit it out of the park at the Olys, but she did so just 3 months after having a baby?!?! Say what?!
I actually saw her at Nationals and she did not look like she'd just had a baby. She was rocking sky-high heels and looked tiffin'! :rofl:
 

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Somehow I missed he even had a kid...so wayyyyy belated congrats on that.

And all of a sudden I'm jealous of his son. I have been trying to get Charlie to be my daddy for some time, now... :wuzrobbed
 

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Great essay.

This part is really telling.
It should come as no surprise that a key to being a successful Olympic athlete is being healthy, but I think the mental health aspect is often overlooked. If you can’t handle the stress and pressure inherent to high-level athletics, it really doesn’t matter how physically fit or gifted you are.
Way too true!
 

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