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Something to Think About When You're Watching the Olympics

Something to Think About When You're Watching the Olympics

I've always been kind of obsessed with the Summer Olympics — not in a sporting-an-Olympic-torch-t-shirt kind of way, but I wholeheartedly enjoy and appreciate watching the athletes whose careers are, in fact, sports. The competitors have spent most of their lives working toward the ultimate event that is the Olympics, and many would not have been so successful without their parents' emotional and financial support.

Here's how dedicated one Olympian's parents have been to her sport: Seventeen-year-old Charlotte Craig's father is building a house which he's hoping to sell to help finance her participation in taekwondo. Charlotte's parents spend $400 every month driving the 130 miles round trip to her lessons, four days a week. They've also shelled out about $15,000 a year traveling to taekwondo tournaments. Charlotte's success can be attributed to her dedication to the sport, but her parents certainly deserve a shiny medal for their steadfast support.

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bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I agree with Melo D and the rest of you ladies. I really wish there was a lot more parents supportive of their children and would help and encourage them reach whatever goal they have in mind.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Wow! She's lucky to have such supportive parents. I'm sure there are many more athletes with fabulous behind-the-scenes people, too. Sometimes I feel really guilty about all the time & money my parents pumped into my activities when I was younger. I showed horses all through high school and college. While I never owned my own horse (I showed for other people), the equipment, wardrobe and accommodations could be incredibly expensive. They also chauffeured me to lessons and horse shows which sometimes took us out of state. They never complained or made me feel guilty. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had such awesome support.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
you definitely have to think about what the families go through in order to get to the elite level that they are at. more often than not you hear about families that are living apart to accommodate training, and that they are working several jobs to pay for things. i think that's why it's really nice to see that companies are willing to sponsor talented athletes to take some of the burden off of everyone. that's a really nice story though - if it works out in this economy. it HAS to be hard to think that you're building a house to hopefully make a profit on to fund your child's dream, but if the housing market sucks, then you're out of luck aren't you?
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
I hope this woman is appreciative of what her parents are doing for her, especially given that her parents drive her to her lessons 130 miles away and gas prices right now are astronomical!
Melo-D Melo-D 8 years
The sacrifices these people make... I think we need to be honoring the parents/relatives/friends who emotionally and financially support these athletes. You never really know what it takes for them to achieve these goals. Outstanding.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
It's crazy! My little brother is training for the Olympics in Taekwondo (next time... he's too young right now) as well and he has some pretty EXPENSIVE lessons, 6 days a week. He's even spending a year in China training in a monastery... it's gonna be CRAZY when he comes home!
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