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Olympics 2012: Parents Behind the Athletes

Parents, like Aly Raisman's mother, as nervous as the Olympians themselves.
2:06 | 07/31/12

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SO HERE ARE THE ANSWERS TO OUR PARENTS OLYMPICS QUIZ. ON AVERAGE, IT COSTS ALMOST $250,000 TO TRAIN A CHAMPION. ON AVERAGE, PARENTS TAKE THEIR KIDS TO AND FROM ABOUT 20,000 HOURS OF PRACTICE. FROM THE POWER HOUSE SISTER STATION ESPN, ANALYST JULIE FOUD Y IS HERE ARE THE PARENTS BEHIND THE GOLD. Reporter: BEHIND ALMOST EVERY STOIC OLYMPIAN IS A LOVING BUT NERVOUS PARENT. WHO CAN FORGET GYMNAST ALI RAISMAN'S PARENTS' MACHINATIONS AS SHE COMPETED ON THE UNEVEN PARALLEL BARS ON SUNDAY NIGHT? LOOK HOW HER ANXIOUS PARENTS SIDE BY SIDE WITH THEIR DAUGHTER CRINGE WITH EVERY MOVE. OR JOHN OROZCO'S MOTHER NOT LOOKING AS HE EXCELLED ON THE POMMEL HORSE LAST SATURDAY? FOR SOME PARENTS JUST WATCHING THEIR CHILD COMPETE IN THESE GAMES IS ITSELF AN OLYMPIC FEAT. IT'S SO NERVE-RACKING, YOU JUST GET SICK TO YOUR STOMACH. TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST, THE SHAKES AND YOUR LEGS STARTS BOUNCING. Reporter: RYAN LOCHTE'S MOM GETS AS MUCH EXERCISE AS HER SON DOES WHEN HE SWIMS. I DO MOST OF THE WORKOUT. I STRESS BEFORE HAND. AND THEN HE SWIMS AND I SWIM WITH HIM. AND THEN AFTER THAT I REJOICE WITH HIM. Reporter: FOR MOST PARENTS LIKE THOSE OF SWIMMER MISSY FRANKLIN, THE NERVES, THE DISAPPOINTMENTS, THE VICTORIES ARE ALL A RESULT OF THEIR CHILDREN'S HARD WORK AND THE SACRIFICES THEY MADE. NONE MORE SO THAN GYMNAST GABBY DOUGLAS' SINGLE MOM, WHO EVENTUALLY, ANXIOUSLY SENT HER DAUGHTER 3,000 MILES AWAY TO TRAIN IN IOWA. GABBY'S HARD WORK EARNED HER A PROFILE ON YOUTUBE BY PROCTER AND GAMBLE. HOW CAN I SEND MY CHILD TO A FAMILY THAT IS SO FAR AWAY? HOW CAN I DO THAT? Reporter: SHE DID IT BECAUSE SHE BELIEVED IN HER DAUGHTER, AND TODAY THAT SACRIFICE PAID OFF. GABBY AND HER TEAMMATES WON GOLD. ALL WORTH IT TO REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY. JULIE FOUDY, ABC NEWS, LONDON.

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