Olympic Moms

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When you think about the Olympics, do you see podiums, cheering crowds, sweat and tears? How about swing sets, strollers and bedtime stories?

For 13 American Olympians I photographed, these two worlds are one.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share a project I worked on leading up to the 2012 Olympics photographing the mothers of Team USA. A few months before the games in London, I set out on a personal project to spend a day in the life of each of these moms. From breakfast rituals and grueling practices to bath time and dirty diapers, they shared with me the balancing act — their adventures of being an Olympic Mom.

When I began the project, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be one of the kids — what it would be like to see their mom compete in the Olympics. After meeting these amazing families, I wonder what Lailaa and Dontay and Lily will think when they realize that the Olympics isn’t something most kids share with their moms — when they realize that their moms are truly amazing Olympic Moms.

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Candace Parker, Basketball. Won Gold Medals 2008 and 2012 Olympics. With daughter Lailaa.

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Keli Smith-Puzo, Field Hockey. Competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. With son Xavi.

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Lashinda Demus 400m Hurdles. Four-time USA Outdoor Champion won the silver medal in 2012 Olympics. With twins Dontay and Duaine.

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Khatuna Lorig, Archery. Competed in five Olympics, won a Bronze Medal for the USSR in 1992. With her son Levon.

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Tayyiba Haneef-Park, Indoor Volleyball. Competed in three Olympic games, taking Silver Medals with Team USA in 2008 and 2012. With son A.J..

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Mickey Kelly, Modern Pentathlon. Qualified for two Olympics as an alternate. With daughter Lily.

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Danielle Scott, Indoor Volleyball. Competed in five Olympics, won a Silver Medal in 2012 and 2008. With daughter Julianne.

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Laura Kraut, Equestrian Show Jumping. Won Gold Medal in Team Jumping in 2008. With son Bobby.