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“We’re humans, we all have emotions. Whether it’s happy, sad, frustrated, angry, excited, silly, it’s okay to have those emotions, but it’s not okay to isolate.”

Allison Schmitt has depression.

Allison Schmitt has depression. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Schmitt is a swimmer who specializes in freestyle events and an eight-time Olympic medalist. In her Olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Schmitt won a bronze medal as a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Four years later in London she won a total of five medals, three of them gold. In 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, she took home a gold and a silver. Her nickname is “Schmitty,” and her hobbies include scrapbooking, photography and board games.

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