Some Old Dude Told Aly Raisman’s Dad To Sit Down After Her Gold Medal Floor Routine (Video)
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching the Olympics and all the sappy Olympics commercials this year, it’s that it is probably harder to be the parent of an Olympic athlete than it is to be the athletes themselves—not physically, of course, but emotionally.
How so? Because they’re just as emotionally involved in the outcomes of the events, but they can’t do anything about it, which is pure torture.
As a result, at every Olympiad they always have about ten TV cameras that do nothing but zoom in on the parents of athletes competing. And of course, there’s usually one parent, or parents, who stands out from the pack for their extreme reactions to their kid’s performances.
So who are the standout parents from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London? Well, in the United States at least, the gold medal for Olympic Parenting would have to go to Lynn and Rick Raisman, parents of gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman.
Last week during the team all-around competition, somebody over at NBC noticed that the Raismans get really into their daughter’s routines. So they mic’d them up and put a camera on them while Aly performed.
This was the result:
That’s classic. But it’s not the end of their story. Yesterday, Aly was competing in the finals of the women’s floor exercise, and as usual, her parents were really excited. However, one curmudgeonly fan sitting directly behind Aly’s dad didn’t care that their daughter just gave a gold-medal performance.
He just wanted them to sit down and stop blocking his view.
So much for Olympic spirit!