Parents' Guide to

Gold Medal Families

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Reality show highlights family sacrifice for Olympic gold.

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This inspiring reality series shows how these six top Olympic hopefuls, like thousands of others, are training both physically and mentally for the chance to get the gold. As expected, Gold Medal Families features the major challenges athletes must overcome to get there. But it also taps into the financial and emotional pressures these dreams place on their families, who, while wanting to support them, are also trying to cope with the costs of the sport, as well as watching their sons and daughters get constantly judged, injured, and discouraged.

The proud families admit to making these sacrifices willingly, but there's some admission to failing to completely meet their other children's needs. Some of the parents, while politely supportive of other athletes' talents, also show off an uncomfortably competitive managerial side. Meanwhile, hearing the athletes talk about their fears, especially when it comes to letting their families, coaches, and teammates down, is also difficult. But you'll find yourself rooting for them, and they will help you appreciate what goes into every Olympic medal won.

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