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Do Olympians Get OCD?
What sort of mental acrobatics does it take for a gymnast to stay on that 4-inch beam, to dive perfectly in unison with another person, or, for a sprinter to burst from the blocks at just the right moment? With the precision required of them, are elite athletes more prone to obsessive compulsive disorder than the rest of us? Not quite, according to two sports psychologists who spoke with Salon. But the perfectionism and obsessiveness that tend to course through Olympians’ blood does leave them vulnerable.