Olympic triathlete Kevin McDowell has pushed his body to the limit in more than just athletics. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at a young age – a diagnosis that interrupted his training – and dealt with both physical and emotional repercussions for years after.
In this episode of the “CURE® Talks Cancer” podcast, McDowell discusses his cancer journey and shares some insight on his experiences at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“In 2013 actually, two years after my treatment, I almost stepped away completely from the sport and was like ‘I can't do this anymore,’” McDowell said. “My body kept breaking down. I wasn't right. And so I actually put a focus on school and took five months away from the sport, and just did a little bit of activity, but nothing that was considered training. And then five months after, I was kind of ‘Hey, I actually want to maybe give another go at this triathlon thing.’”
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