Parents offer support to Olympic kids

6:08 PM, Feb 22, 2014   |    comments
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SOCHI - Olympics can feel like the ultimate triumph and agonizing defeat. The overwhelming joy when years of hard work pay off, and pain when it doesn't. Even if you're holding a medal, it's just the wrong one.

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The Frys made their daughter's Olympic dream a family one.
As any family, they want Lindsey to experience that joy.

"This is important, but it's not as important as your family perspective is everything," Doug Fry, Lindsey's father said.
But when they're hurting, any parent wants to make it go away because they are kids, before they're Olympians.

"Sometimes it's kind of hard because we want to try to fix it as a parent," said Nancy Stack, Kelli Stack's mother. "But at this age and this level, you really kind of can't."

Kelli plays on US women's hockey team.

If they can't fix it, as Stack said, what can they do?

"Every time there is a bad skate my husband and I look at each other and say we need to say something," said Allison Scott, skater Jeremy Abbot's mother. "What are we going to say or what are we going to text? It is a battle every time to find that fine line."

Sometimes saying nothing, says it all.

"I can only hope that's true with every athlete that there's something in the background, they gravitate to when times are tough or maybe they're not feeling the best about their situation or their game or whatever it is, I do hope all these kids have something to grab a hold of that lifts them up," Lynn Fry, mother of Lindsey Fry said.

That could be all of us, because it doesn't matter what if any medal they come home with, they made it to the Olympics and in our hearts they are the best of the best.

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