Mikaela Shiffrin struggles as we watch. How do we help?

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The Olympics are supposed to be a fun, family-friendly spectacle. But two years into the pandemic and amid a nationwide mental health crisis, the 2022 Winter Olympics have, at times, been painful to watch.

Team USA already has seen greatness (look at the 22-year-old fan-favorite figure skater Nathan Chen. Or the redemption for Lindsey Jacobellis, who captured Team USA’s first gold medal for snowboardcross). But it’s difficult to celebrate these victories when they are juxtaposed with other athletes’ struggles.

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