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Shaun White

Shaun White embraces his father after winning his third Olympic gold medal. White laid down a massive third run to overtake Ayumu Hirano of Japan.

Olympians and their first (and biggest) fans.

Olympians have coaches, trainers, and plenty of teammates to support them. But their biggest, and usually first fans, are their parents. No one has believed in them longer than mom and dad and their dreams wouldn’t be possible without the sacrifices made.

Here are some of the biggest Olympic stars and the people who’ve been along for the entire ride.