These parents have put so much time and effort into training their Olympian children, can’t we give them a bit of a break when they get emotional?
If they sat there stone-faced, then they would be accused of being uncaring.
I come from a long and proud tradition of “parent heckling” during sporting events. My sister played basketball, and my dad was fond of screeching her name and clapping as she was preparing for a freethrow. With me, it was right as I was about to serve the ball during a volleyball match, which is a point in the game which requires quite a bit of concentration.
Huh, maybe that’s why I never made it to the Olympics.
Yep, it had nothing to do with the fact that I was much too short and much too slow.
Nope, I’m gonna blame it on my Dad.
That’s what parents are for.