Gold medal parents
Now that the Olympics have come to a close, people are reflecting on all the gold medal moments and times of despair that make the event so fascinating. At the end of the day, though, it is important to remember that many of these athletes and their families have had to deal with other obstacles that had nothing to do with times, scores or deductions. Many have had the same struggles and family law concerns that other people in California and elsewhere have had to deal with.
Some of the most notable names in the Games this year are children of divorced parents. The fact that these children achieved so much and worked so hard is inspirational for parents who worry about how a divorce can affect their kids.
Take, for example, Michael Phelps. The most decorated Olympian of all time and record-breaking swimmer was raised by his single mother. Phelps’ mother, who raised her three children on a teacher’s salary, says that being strong and being supportive are the best things a parent can be for a child.
Gabby Douglas’ parents struggled with their marriage as well while Douglas trained for the Olympics. Now separated, the couple is in the process of a divorce. Both parents remain committed to their daughter, though, and making sure she has all the love and support she needs. The same can be said for the parents of five-time medalist Ryan Lochte, whose parents divorced just last year. Even though they split, Lochte says their unconditional support helped him achieve his Olympic dreams.
And maybe sisters Venus and Serena Williams, who won the doubles tennis title at the Olympics, learned to work so well together from their parents. The Williams’ parents divorced in 2002 but strive to keep things civil and aim to work together for the good of their daughters.
While these kids have superstar talents and athletic ability, they still have had to deal with many of the same family issues that non-Olympic athletes do. In many cases, though, they cite their parents as the reason for their success. All parents, no matter if they are single, divorced or married, can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of a child.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Olympians’ Family: 6 Olympians Whose Parents Split,” Aug. 6, 2012