James Magnussen reveals dark toll of Olympic success on SAS Australia

Two-time 100m freestyle world champion James Magnussen has revealed the sad cost of his sporting success in a moving moment on Monday night’s SAS Australia.

The 29-year-old detailed his struggles to open up emotionally, explaining how he’s continued to shut himself off from his feelings after forcibly blocking them away during his swimming career.

“It got pretty dark there when I was copping a lot of criticism, not only in the media but when I was out in public as well,” Magnussen said.

“As a 20-year-old kid I didn’t really know how to cope with that so I made a decision back then that I’m never going to let emotions get the better of me again.

“So I don’t really let anyone in emotionally.”

The man nicknamed ‘The Missile’ was embroiled in controversy early in his career, most notably after his bravado backfired on him with a disappointing performance at the 2012 London Olympics.

While his ability to compartmentalise his emotions helped him at the time, he admitted it now bothers him that he struggles to feel positive emotions.

James Magnussen has revealed the sad cost of his sporting success on SAS Australia. Credit: Channel 7

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