Raising an Olympian
Gregor Schlierenzauer-One Step At A Time-RAO
From his first ski jump, Gregor Schlierenzauer wanted to compete at the highest level. However, at 14, Gregor had to move away from home in search of elite training. Gregor and his mother Angelika were hit hard by the separation, but Angelika always remained supportive. reassuring Gregor that they could overcome any challenge together, one step at a time. In the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Gregor's dramatic finish made the sacrifices worthwhile.
Amy Purdy-Just Have Faith, You Can Do It-RAO
If Mom wasn't there, they wouldn't be here. Watch the story of U.S. Paralympic hopeful Amy Purdy and her mom, Sheri Purdy.
Shelley Rudman-Pick up the Pieces and Carry On-RAO
After suffering a back injury as a teenager, Shelley Rudman discovered that skeleton was her go to sport. With her mother’s encouragement, Shelley worked hard at the sport and shocked the world with a surprising win in the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games. After a family emergency, Shelley considered retirement, but her mother’s steadfast advice and support helped Shelley realize that she should never give up on her dreams and strive to be the best she can be.
J.R. Celski-You Have To Believe-RAO
If Mom wasn't there, they wouldn't be here. Watch the story of U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist J.R. Celski and his mom, Sue Celski.
Tae-Bum Mo-Trust Your Child-RAO
As a child, Tae-bum Mo grew frustrated with his sport and at times wanted to quit speed skating. His mother Yeon-hwa continued to encourage him. His mother' s unwavering trust and support gave Tae- bum the inner strength to to keep on trying and at the Vancouver Olympics he proved that he could be a champion.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White-Respect Is The #1 Thing-RAO
If Mom wasn't there, they wouldn't be here. Watch the story of Olympic Silver Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White and their moms Cheryl and Jacqui.
Nick Goepper-Just Get Creative-RAO
If Mom wasn't there, they wouldn't be here. Watch the story of Olympic hopeful Nick Goepper and his mother, Linda.
Ted Ligety-Hard Work Pays Off-RAO
Ted Ligety wasn’t always a good skier and during his early years he was often frustrated when friends and younger peers out shined him. Inspired by his hard working mother Cyndi, Ted analyzed the techniques of successful skiers and built up his physical strength. Ted’s efforts yielded major international success, as he became one of the best of his generation.
Mikaela Shiffrin-Practice Makes Perfect-RAO
If Mom wasn't there, they wouldn't be here. Watch the story of U.S. Olympic hopeful Mikaela Shiffrin and her mother, Eileen.
Jason Lamy-Chappuis-The Decision is Yours-RAO
Annette Lamy-Chappuis always wanted her son to know that he controlled his choices in life. When Jason Lamy-Chappuis experienced a rough fall ski jumping at age 12, Annette told her son it was his choice whether to continue. He pressed on and eventually made it to the world’s biggest stage. Trailing in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Jason remembered his mother’s advice and redoubled his efforts as he saw an opportunity for a dramatic finish.