Olympians have coaches, trainers, and plenty of teammates to support them. But their biggest, and usually first fans, are their parents. No one has believed in them longer than mom and dad and their dreams wouldn’t be possible without the sacrifices made.
Here are some of the biggest Olympic stars and the people who’ve been along for the entire ride.
Shaun White embraces his father after winning his third Olympic gold medal. White laid down a massive third run to overtake Ayumu Hirano of Japan.
Figure skater Mirai Nagasu’s parents opened a sushi shop in California after they immigrated to the US from Japan. Their daughter is now an Olympic bronze medalist with the chance to add to her medal haul in the women’s singles competition. (Instagram | @mirainagasu)
Snowboarder Chloe Kim embraces her parents after winning her first gold medal. Kim’s father quit his job when she was younger to dedicate himself to her snowboarding. (Instagram | @chloekimsnow)
Mikael Kingsbury fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an Olympic champion after taking gold in the moguls competition. Here he embraces his mom after winning the silver medal in 2014. (Instagram | @mikaelkingsbury )
Rising star Mikaela Shiffrin is photographed with her mother after winning another competition.(Instagram | @mikaelashiffrin )
Figure skater Bradie Tennell celebrates with her mother after making the US Olympic Team. Tennell has already won a bronze medal in the team competition. (Instagram | @bradietennell )
Two-time gold medalist Jamie Anderson takes a break from training to relax with her mother and sister. (Instagram | @jamieanderson )
Adam Rippon credits his mother, who raised six kids as a single mom, with helping him make the Olympic team. (Instagram | @adaripp )
Canadian Mark McMorris took home his second bronze medal in the slopestyle competition. Here, he embraces his parents ahead of a training run. (Instagram | @markmcmorris )
Snowboarder Hailey Langland snaps a selfie with her father on the slopes. (Instagram | @mikaelashiffrin )
Three-time Olympian J.R. Celski takes a selfie with his mother, aunt and grandmother. Celski will compete in short track speed skating events in PyeongChang.(Instagram | @celskeet )
Chris Mazdzer, who won a silver medal in the men’s luge, takes a photograph with his father. (Instagram | @mazdzer)
Red Gerard won the USA’s first gold medal of the 2018 Olympics. Gerard’s family was in the stands to watch the 17 year-old take the top spot in the slopestyle competition. (Instagram | @redgerard )