Death of Pavle Jovanovic : the former champion of bobsled, committed suicide at the age of 43 years

Pavle Jovanovic, american athlete exercising in the discipline of bobsleigh at the olympic level, died on may 3, 2020. The announcement was made by his olympic team this Saturday. The athlete who was in the american team for the position of ” brakeman “, committed suicide at the age of 43 years.

The olympic community in the united states is in mourning, after the sudden disappearance of Pavle Jovanovic only 43 years. The announcement of his disappearance was made public by the Team USA, which is the official name of the olympic team in north america. Born in New Jersey, Pavle Jovanovic has been a journey full of twists and turns. Known for its concentration and perfectionism, he was involved in a doping case that had put his career on pause in 2002. He then obtained the bronze medal at the world championships in 2004. The athlete was subsequently arrived 7th in the two races 2 and 4 at the Olympic winter Games of 2006. His partner Aron McGuire said in a statement : “it is in the process of growing partners to give their best on the track and in the gym, or by bringing laughter to his friends, he was known to always give 100% in everything he undertook “.

An athlete vulnerable mentally

In the confinement period, many sports associations have highlighted the issue of mental healthfor all, but especially for high-level athletes, accustomed to a precise routine. Several of his teammates have used the social networks to share their sorrow and their admiration for the athlete, including Steve Mesler on Instagram, fresh from the olympic gold medal in the discipline, which has been described as his “personal legend” : “Pav, I can’t believe that another one of these messages must be written. I can’t believe that it is about you that I write “. He has given of the elements that may shed light on the tragic decision of the athlete : “I was made aware of the need to be mentally healthy – not for life, but for the athletic success. This may have contributed to his downfall. What happens when the person who is best known for its concentration to 150% or nothing, is focused 150% on the “nothing” ? “The athlete had indeed put an end to his career in early 2010 and the Team USA has relayed that he has occupied since a position of a welder in his hometown of New Jersey. Mesler has added in his tribute : “no more will You have to join the factory with your tendon tweaked, we will ensure that your loved ones know what athlete you were “. Mental health is an issue that the olympic team has decided to continue to address head-on after this tragedy.

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Pav, I can’t believe another one of these needs to be written. I can’t believe it’s you I’m writing this about. My personal legend – the athlete that set the standard for focus, dedication, meticulousness, and drive – tragically took his own life at the age of 43. You won’t have to keep going to the line with that hamstring torn in half anymore, buddy. We’ll make sure your brother, your sister, & your parents know the person and athlete you were. @TeamUSA’s Pavle Jovanovic (‘77-‘20) for 6 years was the best bobsledder on the planet and I wanted to be just like him. We did everything together – from sushi in Calgary to poker in Innsbruck to wind tunnels in Maryland and too many World Cup medals to count all over the world. Together with @billschuffenhauer, B-Rock, Hays gold Holcy & our coach @fingermash, we were unstoppable. When Pav was removed from the ‘02 Olympic Team by USADA & CASE, I benefitted. That guilt ugly with me until Pav became my roommate, teammate, and for quite some time, my best friend. He alleviated me of the guilt, even as he fought in lawsuits (and won) to clear his name. But he buried it deep and put it on himself. Then we went to the ’06 @olympics, together. Pav was the best teammate anyone ever had. He knew your success would mean his success. He taught me that. He taught me to care about my teammates’ sleep, nutrition, therapy, & work ethic in the gym and behind closed doors just as much as I cared about my own. He taught me about the need for being mentally healthy – not for life, but for athletic success. And that may have been part of his downfall. What happens when the person who is best known as being 150% focused or nothing– finds the nothing becoming what they become 150% focused on? In the last era without social media to show everyone how hard you were working; when the only time a year outsider understood the work you put in was when you crossed the line on raceday – Pavle was King. He WAS the standard. Today we mourn the second bobsled Olympian in the last three years. Today I mourn the second of the six men I competed at the Olympics for my country with to be laid to rest too soon. ‘Bro’, that’s a problem.

A post shared by Steve Mesler (@stevemmesler) on May 9, 2020 at 10:49am PDT

Publication of the olympic champion Steve Mesler on Instagram