Skeleton - Winter Olympics Day 7

These Proud Olympic Parents Are All of Us

Shining a lens on the many emotions of mom and dad as they hold their breath from the sidelines.

 
They’ve spent years cheering their children through training sessions, holding their breath during the dangerous flips and tricks, and anxiously awaiting the judges’ scores — so when the parents of Olympians celebrate victory, the elation is hard to put into words. Here, then, are 13 pictures of proud moms and dads, to give you the gist. (And you thought YOU were a fan...)

Half-Pipe Dreams Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images Half-Pipe Dreams Shaun White celebrated with his jubilant mom Cathy after elevating his skills on the half-pipe at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He took home the gold medal in snowboarding for Team USA. Match Games Alex Livesey/Getty Images Match Games Lizzy Yarnold's mom, dad, and sister all showed up in custom T-shirts and beaming smiles to support their favorite competitor at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Yarnold dominated the women's skeleton and scored a gold medal for Great Britain. The Cheerleaders & The Tear-Leaders Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images The Cheerleaders & The Tear-Leaders Michael Phelps' mom Debbie, joined by his fiancé and newborn baby, couldn't hide her emotion when her son, the most decorated Olympian of all time, won the gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay final at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Heart Does Somersaults Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images The Heart Does Somersaults Natalie Hawkins clutched her chest when her daughter Gabby Douglas won the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around final at the 2012 London Olympics. Pride, and Relief Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images Pride, and Relief Perhaps no one understands better than the parents of Olympians how dangerous certain sports can be. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, German athlete Felix Loch’s father Norbert embraces him after a gold-winning performance in the men's luge singles — the same event in which 21-year-old Nodar Kumaritashvili (Georgia) suffered a fatal crash during a practice run. Can't Wait to Congratulate Keystone-France/Getty Images Can't Wait to Congratulate Clarence “Buster” Crabbe (USA) swam to victory in the 400m freestyle at the 1932 Summer Games in Los Angeles. His record-breaking time of 4 minutes and 48 tenths of a second had his father nearly jumping in the pool with him. Two Thumbs Up Andrew Milligan/PA Images/Getty Images Two Thumbs Up Andy Murray made mom Judy and other Brits proud at the 2012 London Olympics, where he defeated Roger Federer during the final match of the men's tennis singles event. Jumping for Joy Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Jumping for Joy Yin Alvarez, both coach and stepfather to male gymnast Danell Levya (USA), got good air at the 2012 London Olympics, where Levya took home the individual all-around bronze medal for his work on the horizontal bar. Sealed With A Kiss Austrian Archives/Imagno/Getty Images Sealed With A Kiss Jesse Owens' wife and mother greeted him with kisses on each cheek upon his return from the 1936 Olympic Games with four gold medals. The American sporting legend won the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and the long jump at the Summer Games in Nazi-occupied Berlin, an achievement that defied Hitler's Aryan race theories and inspired the world. Breaking Records Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images Breaking Records Ashton Eaton (USA) celebrated with his overjoyed mom after winning the men's decathlon at the 2012 London Olympics. The retired Olympian has broken world records in both the decathlon and indoor heptathlon events. A Mother's Embrace Sampics/Corbis/Getty Images A Mother's Embrace Jan Frodeno's mom beamed with joy after he won gold for Germany in the men's triathlon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Head Spinning Tim de Waele/Corbis/Getty Images Head Spinning Elia Viviani (Italy) cycled straight into his pleased parents' arms after winning the men's omnium race at the 2016 Rio Olympics. All The Way Up TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA All The Way Up Kayla Harrison's mom points to the sky in triumph after her daughter's victory in judo at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Dad to the Rescue Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images Dad to the Rescue When British athlete Derek Redmond tore his hamstring in the middle of the 400m men’s semifinal at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, his dad Jim memorably jumped down to the track, dodging security to help his son get to the finish line.