Watch how these families of Olympians are reacting in Rio
Posted August 11
In some cases, the families of Olympians may be feeling more pressure from the stands than the Olympians themselves.
Whether it's nailing a perfect gymnastics bar routine or winning gold in the men's 4x100 freestyle relay, the cameramen never fail to zone in on the reactions of the athletes' family members.
Aly Raisman, the 22-year-old gymnast who already has two gold medals and one bronze as part of the "Fierce Five" women's gymnastics team in London 2012, is back to compete in Rio. On Sunday, she qualified as the second U.S. gymnast to compete in the all-around competition, kicking the reigning Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas out of the running.
According to People.com, during the qualifying round as Raisman competed on the uneven bars, her weakest event, her "nervous parents couldn't hide their cringes and sighs of relief" as Aly completed a clean routine.
NBC captured the moment that soon became viral.
Lynn Raisman, Aly's mother, told People that she tends to get emotional because of the time and effort her daughter invests preparing for competition.
"I get nervous because I know what goes into it and how many hours she's prepared and how hard she is on herself, and I want her to be happy and go out there and do the best performance she can do," Lynn Raisman said. "I want her to have the best outcome."
Michael Phelps, who claimed his 23rd medal and 19th gold medal in the men's 4x100 freestyle relay Sunday, was cheered on by his fiancé Nicole Johnson and 1-month-old son Boomer.
"One of the coolest things about being a father going into Rio is that our firstborn has the chance to see my last race ever," Phelps told Us Weekly. "I think that's something that'll be real special, that we'll be able to share stories with him. … and I'm excited to have a lot of photos and just to share the moments and memories with him growing up as a kid."
For some Olympians, competing in the Olympics may be carrying on a family tradition.
Deakin Volz, a Team USA pole vaulter will compete in Rio 24 years after his father, Dave Voltz, represented the U.S. in pole vaulting.
Deakin Volz is coached by his father Dave who is a former American record-holder from Indiana University and was fifth in the vault at the 1992 Barcelona Games, according to the IndyStar.