I'm Jason Rogers — I won a medal at the Olympics but my toughest battle was in the bedroom. Ask me anything!
UPDATE 6:20 PM WEDNESDAY — REDDIT! I NEED TO SIGN OFF FOR THE NIGHT BUT THANK YOU AGAIN FOR AN AWESOME DAY OF QUESTIONS!
UPDATE 4:30 PM WEDNESDAY - AHOY! I'M BACK.
UPDATE 4:00 PM WEDNESDAY - NEED TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. BACK SHORTLY.
UPDATE: 2:20 PM WEDNESDAY — I'M BACK! LET'S GET THIS PARTY RESTARTED!
UPDATE: 12:15 PM WEDNESDAY — THANKS ALL FOR MORE GREAT QUESTIONS! I NEED TO STEP AWAY FOR A BIT, BUT I'LL BE BACK THIS AFTERNOON AT 2:00 PM TO DIVE BACK IN.
UPDATE: 9:00 AM WEDNESDAY — WOW, THIS IS AMAZING! THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT AND THE QUESTIONS. I'M JUMPING BACK IN THE RING, ASK AWAY!
UPDATE: 11:22 PM TUESDAY — THANKS ALL FOR THE FANTASTIC QUESTIONS. I'M ONLY SORRY THAT I WASN'T ABLE TO GET TO ALL OF THEM. MY BRAIN'S NOW TURNED TO APPLESAUCE, SO I NEED TO CALL IT NIGHT! ✌️
In 2008, I did a cool thing: Along with three teammates, I won a silver medal in fencing at the Beijing Olympic Games. When I began writing a memoir about those years, I always had a sense that I should focus on my struggle to deal with the immense pressure of Olympics (I crashed and burned at my first Games in Athens before Beijing). However, as I dug beneath the events of my life during the creative process, I realized that I could not ignore a secret that, until recently, I have hidden from nearly everyone around me.
Since I was a teen, I have struggled with sexual performance anxiety. It constantly affected my confidence as an athlete, and it is impossible to ignore that my relentless pursuit to become an Olympian was, in some part, motivated by my fears that I was not enough of a man.
Now, I feel compelled to share my story, not for its own sake, but because I have long seen a trend in sport and culture that I think needs to change. Many men still run outdated mental software that leads them to equate masculinity with winning, materialism, and sexual prowess. And with so many young boys sketching out the map for who they will become as they observe the men around them, I think it’s high time we think about what they are learning.
You can read more about my story in my recent article for Men’s Health or get updates on my forthcoming book at Web: www.jasonrogers.co / IG: @jasonrogersusa / TW: @jasonrogersusa / FB: @jasonrogers.co