Sophie Gustafson Speaks Out

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Sophie Gustafson of Europe is introduced during the opening ceremony prior to the 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle Golf Club on September 22, 2011 in Dunshaughlin, County Meath, Ireland.

During The Solheim Cup, Sophie Gustafson did a television interview with Golf Channel for the first time in many years due to her stuttering problem. Watch the interview below and read more in this CNN article.


Sophie Gustafson: The golfer who overcame a stutter
By Karla Villegas Gama, CNN -

What do Bruce Willis, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe and King George VI have in common besides being public figures? They all suffered from stuttering at some point in their lives.

But what is stuttering and how it does it manifest itself? The Stuttering Foundation of America explains on its website that it is "a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions, prolongations, or abnormal stoppages of sounds and syllables."

In February 2010, a group of researchers published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, which states that the brain cells of people who stutter have three genetic mutations; this causes problems in the cells' metabolism.

"This process is called the garbage can, or more like the recycling bin, of the cell. When this process gets interrupted, the cell goes haywire, and that causes problems," the study's co-author Dennis Drayna told CNN.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 1% of the world's population, around 68 million people, stutter.

One of them is Sophie Gustafson, a Swedish golfer who has been professional for 18 years, winning 28 titles on the most prestigious tours and earning over $6.3 million, proving that stuttering is not an impediment to succeed.


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