Think it’s tough watching your kids playing junior footy and netball on the weekends? Spare a thought for the parents who’ve been cheering on their Olympian offspring over the past week and a half. We’ve fallen in love with these beautiful mums, dads and grandparents who have worn their hearts on their sleeves – come and relive the magic.
Anyone who has children playing sport knows how much family dedication it takes. You’re up early for training, out late for practice and your weekends are packed with ferrying children to games. These golden parenting moments from the Rio Olympics prove we never tire of watching our children reach for their dreams, and our kids are never too old to need their parents.
Simone Biles puts a spotlight on adoption
Multi-gold-medal-winning US gymnast Simone Biles unintentionally became the poster-child for adoptive families, when an NBC commentator said her adoptive mum and dad (who happen to be her grandparents) are not her parents.
Her response was simple, but addressed the issue beautifully, “I personally don’t have a comment,” she told Us Weekly. “My parents are my parents and that’s it.” Now there’s an amazing young woman who has been raised with values, respect and love.
Kyle Chalmers’ grandparents’ brilliant reaction to his gold medal victory
Speaking of awesome grandparents, it’s hard to go past Kyle Chalmers’ gorgeous granny and grandad. They were filmed watching the final stages of his gold medal-winning 100 metre freestyle swim, and their fabulous reaction, including many-a-cry of “Go mate!” will go down in history.
The world’s most nervy parents watching their daughter compete
She’s one of the world’s best gymnasts, but Aly Raisman’s mum and dad are still on the edge of their seats every time she competes. As Ali and her fellow US gymnasts nabbed the team all-round gold in Rio, her parents turned on the same hilariously squirmy viewing performance as they did in London in 2012.
Cate Campbell proves you’re never too old to need your parents
We’re completely enamoured by Aussie swimmers, the Campbell sisters; Bronte and Cate’s relationship is something all siblings hope to achieve. But some of their performances in the pool at Rio left them deflated, and in need of validation from their parents, Cate telling her family,”I love you. This doesn’t change how you should feel about me. Please still love me back.”
Michael Phelps melts our hearts with adorable dad moment
Who didn’t have a little something in their eye when the world’s most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps, took to the stands at Rio to shower his baby son, Boomer with kisses after one of his many victories. “Being able to have our first child witness my last Olympics ever … I mean, it’s just dream come true after dream come true,” he told ABC news.
Phelps’ mum was also adorably emotional while watching her boy, proving no matter how much our children achieve, each victory is just as exciting as the first.
Gold medalist teaches her son that ‘joy and happiness can also bring tears’
After winning gold in the women’s cycling road individual time trial in Rio, US Olympian Kristin Armstrong collapsed into the arms of her five-year-old, crying. Kristin explains, “He said in my ear, ‘mama, why are you crying?’ And there was a pause and he said, ‘didn’t you win?'” The three-time gold medalist said she took it as another life lesson for her son, telling him that joy, happiness and being overwhelmed can also bring tears.
This may just take top place on the podium as our favourite parenting moment of the Rio Olympics.