It’s not a secret that most Asian parents want the best for their children and that especially rings true for the parents of Asian Olympic athletes.
Take a look at these parents expressing their pride towards their children at this year’s 2020 Tokyo Games. Although Olympic officials did not allow spectators this year, that didn’t stop parents from cheering their kids on.
We couldn’t help but smile watching Guan Chenchen’s father jump for joy as he watched his daughter land her routine, earning herself gold in women’s gymnastics on the balance beam.
— Shen Shiwei沈诗伟 (@shen_shiwei) August 4, 2021
The Olympic gymnast’s father could be seen waving and pointing the Chinese flag towards his daughter on the screen during her performance, cheering in a boisterous and rhythmic manner.
Whatever he did to support her definitely seemed to work!
American gymnast Suni Lee’s father could be seen pumping his fist in the air as she earned gold in the women’s all-around finals. Her mother was also watching the screen intensely before erupting into screams along with family and friends that had come to watch the gymnast.
The reaction from Suni Lee’s family after she captured gold in the women’s all-around final is EVERYTHING ❤️
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) July 29, 2021
Lee rose to number one with a final score of 57.433. She later dedicated her medal to her father John whom she credited as much more deserving of it than her.
“I never thought I would get one of these. She did it. She brought it home. I’m so proud of her, so surprised, so everything. Good job,” her father was quoted as saying.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won silver in women’s weightlifting of the 49-kilogram (108 pounds) category. Although her parents had expressed their happiness in an interview with ANI, they did share that they wished their daughter had won gold.
#Olympics | “We’re happy that she got the first medal for India. We expected her to win a gold medal but we are happy that she won silver. She has made us and the whole country proud of her,” say Saikhom Tombi and Saikhom Kriti, parents of #MirabaiChanu
— NDTV (@ndtv) July 24, 2021
Oh well, hopefully the athlete’s free movie tickets for life, offered to her from multiplex chain INOX, makes up for second place. Maybe even free Domino’s pizza for life might be helpful too!
Throwback: Chloe Kim
American snowboarder Chloe Kim seemed to see a sign and followed through…literally. Kim’s father could be seen bundled up holding a sign that read “Go Chloe!” while at the 2018 Winter Olympics. He also had sent her a sweet message before she won gold, equating her to a dragon.
You wanna make me cry? Show me this picture of Chloe Kim’s dad right before she hits the half-pipe. Yea, that’ll do it. pic.twitter.com/IilYKUz8xr
— Rebecca (@BeckksSG) February 13, 2018
She became the youngest female athlete to win gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe.
Were there any Asian parent moments we missed? Let us know!