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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