Proud parents of Olympians

A special level of pride is reserved for the parents of Olympians, who get to watch as their child represents their country and competes in the biggest sports event in the world. -- By Carla Thorpe, Yahoo! Sports

Debbie Phelps, the mother of Michael Phelps of the United States stands during the night session of swimming on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 3 - Swimming
Debbie Phelps, the mother of Michael Phelps of the United States stands during the night session of swimming on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Anne, Pricess Royal at the Show Jumping Eventing Equestrian on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 4 - Equestrian
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Anne, Pricess Royal at the Show Jumping Eventing Equestrian on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Andy Murray of Great Britain (C) celebrates with his mother Judy Murray (2R), Team Leader Paul Hutchins (L), Davis Cup captian Leon Smith (R) and Laura Robson (Top) after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the Men's Singles Tennis Gold Medal Match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. Murray defeated Federer in the gold medal match in straight sets 2-6, 1-6, 4-6. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 9 - Tennis
Andy Murray of Great Britain (C) celebrates with his mother Judy Murray (2R), Team Leader Paul Hutchins (L), Davis Cup captian Leon Smith (R) and Laura Robson (Top) after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the Men's Singles Tennis Gold Medal Match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. Murray defeated Federer in the gold medal match in straight sets 2-6, 1-6, 4-6. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Pictured: (l-r) Lynn and Rick Raisman during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games on July 31, 2012 in London, England -- (Photo by: Dave Hogan/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Pictured: (l-r) Lynn and Rick Raisman during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games on July 31, 2012 in London, England -- (Photo by: Dave Hogan/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Mother of gold medallist Michael Phelps of the United States, Debbie Phelps reacts during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4x100m medley Relay Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Swimming
Mother of gold medallist Michael Phelps of the United States, Debbie Phelps reacts during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4x100m medley Relay Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ike Lochte, mother of USA swimmer Ryan Lochte talks to the media on July 31, 2012 in London, England. Parents and friends of Olympic swimmers attend a Speedo media event, 'Speedo Meet the Friends and Family of London 2012 Olympic Swimmers.' (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
Speedo Meet the Friends and Family of London 2012 Olympic Swimmers
Ike Lochte, mother of USA swimmer Ryan Lochte talks to the media on July 31, 2012 in London, England. Parents and friends of Olympic swimmers attend a Speedo media event, 'Speedo Meet the Friends and Family of London 2012 Olympic Swimmers.' (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
Gow Xiuyu, the mother of Lin Dan of China shows her support during his Men's Singles Badminton match against Scott Evans of Ireland on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Arena on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 3 - Badminton
Gow Xiuyu, the mother of Lin Dan of China shows her support during his Men's Singles Badminton match against Scott Evans of Ireland on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Arena on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Danell Leyva and his coach Yin Alvarez react after Leyva competed on the high bar during day 3 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on June 30, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials - Day 3
Danell Leyva and his coach Yin Alvarez react after Leyva competed on the high bar during day 3 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on June 30, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Peter Robert Russel Wilson of Great Britain is congratulated by his mother for winning the gold medal in the Men's Double Trap Shooting final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 6 - Shooting
Peter Robert Russel Wilson of Great Britain is congratulated by his mother for winning the gold medal in the Men's Double Trap Shooting final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Emily Seebohm of Australia celebrates with her mom in the stands after she Seebohm received her silver medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Backstroke on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 3 - Swimming
Emily Seebohm of Australia celebrates with her mom in the stands after she Seebohm received her silver medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Backstroke on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
Judy Murray, mother of Andy Murray of Great Britain and Kim Sears, girlfriend of Murray, embrace after Murray defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia 7-5, 7-5 in the Semifinal of Men's Singles Tennis on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wimbledon on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 7 - Tennis
Judy Murray, mother of Andy Murray of Great Britain and Kim Sears, girlfriend of Murray, embrace after Murray defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia 7-5, 7-5 in the Semifinal of Men's Singles Tennis on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wimbledon on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Debbie Phelps (R) the mother of Michael Phelps of the United States reads Sports Illustrated magazine prior to the evening session on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 4 - Swimming
Debbie Phelps (R) the mother of Michael Phelps of the United States reads Sports Illustrated magazine prior to the evening session on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Stacey Clary and Lonnie Clary, parents of USA swimmer Tyler Clary talk to the media on July 31, 2012 in London, England. Parents and friends of Olympic swimmers attend a Speedo media event, 'Speedo Meet the Friends and Family of London 2012 Olympic Swimmers.' (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
Stacey Clary and Lonnie Clary
Stacey Clary and Lonnie Clary, parents of USA swimmer Tyler Clary talk to the media on July 31, 2012 in London, England. Parents and friends of Olympic swimmers attend a Speedo media event, 'Speedo Meet the Friends and Family of London 2012 Olympic Swimmers.' (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark speaks with her father and coach Piotr Wozniacki during a practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Olympics Tennis - Previews - Day - 3
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark speaks with her father and coach Piotr Wozniacki during a practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kimberly Rhode stops for a photo with her father Richard Rhode at the USOC Function at the USA House at the Royal College of Art on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
Gold Medalist Kimberly Rhode Attends USOC Function
U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kimberly Rhode stops for a photo with her father Richard Rhode at the USOC Function at the USA House at the Royal College of Art on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
Vinnie Ennis and Alison Powell, parents of Jessica Ennis of Great Britain, watch as she competes in the 100 metres hurdles in the women's heptathlon during day three of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Daegu Stadium on August 29, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Vinnie Ennis and Alison Powell
Vinnie Ennis and Alison Powell, parents of Jessica Ennis of Great Britain, watch as she competes in the 100 metres hurdles in the women's heptathlon during day three of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Daegu Stadium on August 29, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Cecile Adrian and Jim Adrian, parents of USA swimmer Nathan Adrian talk to the media on July 31, 2012 in London, England. Parents and friends of Olympic swimmers attend a Speedo media event, 'Speedo Meet the Friends and Family of London 2012 Olympic Swimmers.' (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
Speedo Meet the Friends and Family of London 2012 Olympic Swimmers
Cecile Adrian and Jim Adrian, parents of USA swimmer Nathan Adrian talk to the media on July 31, 2012 in London, England. Parents and friends of Olympic swimmers attend a Speedo media event, 'Speedo Meet the Friends and Family of London 2012 Olympic Swimmers.' (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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