20 Pictures of Super-Intense Athlete Parents
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Stand up if you miss those days when you were a kid and it seemed every time you stepped foot on an athletic field, the only voice you heard was your Mom's yelling at you.
Yeah, we're guessing most of you are still glued to your seat.
It's no secret: parents are passionate about sports.
For that reason, we're giving you some pro-athlete parents who still cheer on their kids as if they're playing in little league.
Dee Dee Bonner (Mother of A.J. McCarron)
With all the attention paid to A.J. McCarron's smokeshow of a girlfriend Katherine Webb, we bet you didn't even notice the 'Bama quarterback's mom, Dee Dee Bonner, cheering next to the former Miss Alabama.
But there was Bonner, supporting her two-time national championship-winning son.
Ed and Anja Grevers (Parents of Matt Grevers)
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It was a family affair for U.S. swimmer Matt Grevers after taking home his gold medal in last year's Olympics in the 100-meter backstroke.
Parents Ed and Anja look cool as a cucumber, knowing it was in the bag, right?
Delisa Lynch (Mother of Marshawn Lynch)
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In case you didn't already know, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is a major fan of Skittles—and we assume it's more than just the funny commercials that draws him to the candy.
So it's nice to see his Mama Delisa have them on hand as he preps for a game—so he can enjoy the colorful candy during it.
Damaris Orozco (Mother of John Orozco)
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With 19-year-old John making the U.S. gymnastics team for last year's Olympics, Damaris Orozco's son was the youngest member on the squad.
But even after years of driving her kid back and forth between practices and hearing him dream of one day competing in the Olympics, she couldn't bear to watch, opting for the old hands-over-the-eyes method of cheering John on.
Yin Alvarez (Stepfather of Danell Leyva)
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U.S. Gymnast Danell Leyva may have "just" earned himself a bronze medal at last year's Olympics, but that didn't stop his coach—and step dad—Yin Alvarez from celebrating like a kid at Christmas.
With Alvarez known to yell things like, "That's my boy!" and "You're the best, baby!" during meets, Levya says it definitely helps him perform his best.
Yin might win for the most supportive parent we've ever heard of.
Karen Seebohm (Mother of Emily Seebohm)
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U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin became quite the phenom during the Olympics last year after taking home five total medals (four golds).
Her joy was tough on competitors like Australia's Emily Seebohm—and her mom Karen—who had to help her daughter cope after settling for silver in the 100-meter backstroke.
Glenn Robinson (Father of Glenn Robinson III)
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Look at the Big Dog just chillin', watching his son Glenn Robinson III during a Michigan game from earlier this year.
The former No. 1 overall pick doesn't look to concerned with whatever's going on, does he?
Reliving his college basketball glory days vicariously through his son has been quite the experience for the elder Robinson—though we're not sure why former Purdue player Brian Cardinal seems to be his lucky charm.
Wanda Pratt (Mother of Kevin Durant)
Kevin Durant is super cool.
Besides showing that he's still a kid at heart by crying and embracing his mom following the Thunder's Game 5 loss in last year's finals, he always takes time after each game to give his mom Wanda Pratt a hug.
It's a two-way street, though, since Wanda's proven to be her son's No. 1 fan at each of his home contests.
Rita Wieber (Mother of Jordyn Wieber)
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Just check out the intensity that U.S. Olympian Jordyn Weiber's mom Rita has in her face during the gymnastics competition in London last year.
As the eldest stateswoman on the U.S. squad last year, Jordyn was hoping to come home with an individual medal.
Sadly, it didn't happen, causing Rita to turn to Twitter to have a very mom moment.
Alison and David Hoy (Parents of Sir Chris Hoy)
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During the race to help claim his sixth career Olympic gold medal, Sir Chris Hoy's parents, Alison and David, may have had a pretty tough time watching, but in the end, it all worked out.
Chris' dad David earns mega props for not only creating a sign—a classic move by a sports parent—but getting a little clever with the whole "The Real McHoy" thing.
Michael Jordan (Father of Marcus Jordan)
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First off, we couldn't even imagine what it'd be like to be Michael Jordan's child.
Not only is their dad the greatest basketball player to ever play, but for that reason (among others) everything he does is magnified—oh yeah, and he's a damn millionaire 100 times over.
But as intense as his Airness is in everything he does, he proved that it's just as rewarding being a dad and seeing his kids succeed as any of his own accomplishments.
Richard Williams (Father of Venus and Serena Williams)
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There have been some people who aren't exactly fond of Venus and Serena Williams' dad Richard for pushing them the way he did while the two were younger. With a combined 22 Grand Slam singles titles between them—and another 13 as doubles partners—we're sure they don't mind it one bit.
Sure, Richard doesn't look too amused with whatever's going on in that photo, but rest assured he's proud of his girls.
Cathy White (Mother of Shaun White)
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We honestly couldn't imagine what it'd be like to be Shaun White's mom, so God bless Cathy White.
Not only did she have to deal with her son's stardom at an early age, but sitting through all those crazy tricks the Flying Tomato actually does has to be nerve-wracking.
Cathy gave us a little insight as to what it's like back during the Olympics in 2010.
Natalie Hawkins (Mother of Gabby Douglas)
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During the London Olympics last year, there may not have been a bigger star than Gabby Douglas.
After winning gold in the all-around competition, she embraced that quick fame—though as you can see from this pic that it was a little tough to take in for her mom Natalie Hawkins.
It's too bad Gabby's dad wasn't there to go nuts too—though he appreciated it from a distance.
Gloria James (Mother of LeBron James)
It's tough to be the king, isn't it?
On top of the responsibilities LeBron has of being the most polarizing athlete on the planet, he has to worry about keeping his mom Gloria in check during some of his games.
As a Cavs fan, Gloria's fan interaction was well known during Bron Bron's Cleveland days, as she often could be seen cheering on the Jumbotron and tossing out mini basketballs during timeouts.
This on-court interaction was a little much though.
Bert Le Clos (Father of Chad le Clos)
Michael Phelps has won the most gold medals in Olympic history, so when South African swimmer Chad le Clos upset Phelps in the men's 200-meter fly at last year's Olympics to win a coveted gold, you can understand why his dad reacted the way he did.
That's one proud pops right there!
Debbie Phelps (Mother of Michael Phelps)
Speaking of Michael Phelps, even with all the success he's had over the course of his career, his mom Debbie still has a tough time keeping it together during his meets.
Just look at how many emotions are going through her body while watching Michael attempt to break the Olympic gold-medal record.
Did he win? Did he lose? Oh, he lost. No wait, he won!
Milna Wilson (Mother of Tony Wilson)
Though we gave you the video of LeBron's mom Gloria interrupting a playoff game from a couple years back against Boston, it wasn't even close to the embarrassment of former boxer Tony Wilson's mom Milna's attempt at taking part in the action.
Stepping into the ring before the ref could award her son's opponent the victory, the other fighter was so fazed that he refused to continue boxing, giving the victory to Wilson.
Mom really does know best.
Tim Hardaway (Father of Tim Hardaway Jr.)
During his 13-year NBA career, Tim Hardaway was best known for having a killer crossover to get to the rim or dish to one of his big guys.
After seeing him go nuts during this year's national title game after watching his son Tim Hardaway Jr. go ape on a dunk, it looks like he crossed over into being a diehard sports dad pretty easily.
Lynn and Rick Raisman (Parents of Aly Raisman)
As we've pointed out throughout this article, being a parent of a world-class athlete can be really difficult.
During competition, all the hours of driving to and from practices or motivating speeches probably ring through their heads.
That's why it wasn't too surprising to see U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman's parents act the way they did during the Olympics last year.
Hell, they even became stars themselves!