Olympic Moms

May 8 2015

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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