18 GIFs Of Olympians’ Parents Freaking Out While Watching Their Kids Compete

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If there’s anything more amazing than Olympians taking the gold, it’s watching the emotional roller-coasters their parents ride as they compete. The moms and dads — especially this year’s crew — are often more exciting and gut-wrenching to observe than their insanely talented kids. And while many of their reactions are LOL-worthy, they are also deeply touching and often the catalyst for our Olympic-size tears, which occur nightly as we watch really athletic/hardworking humans show off their skills while sitting our couch swimming in a sea of Bugle crumbs.

Check out 18 parental reactions that deserve gold medals below.

Missy Franklin’s parents.

Jordyn Wieber‘s mom.

Chad Le Clos‘ dad.

Danell Leyva‘s dad.

Chen Hao‘s family; Ruta Meilutye‘s mom.

Michael Phelps’ mom and sisters.

Gabby Douglas‘ mom; Jordyn Wieber’s mom.

Aly Raisman‘s parents, Chad Le Clos’ dad.

Danell Levya’s dad, Michael Phelps’ mom.