Professional and amateur wrestling legend Kurt Angle has had almost as many hardships outside of the wrestling room as he’s had triumphs in it. A 2 time NCAA champ, world champ, Olympic champ, WWE champ, and TNA champ Angle has battled depression for years. Decades of wrestling left him with a severely beat up body and like many in his position, Angle got hooked on prescription pain killers. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Maybe it’s the solitary nature of being one of a precious few to reach such heights? Whatever it is, depression is a serious issue with potentially painful consequences. Here is a look at 10 athletes who are quite familiar with this formidable foe.