Dara Torres and Mommas at the Olympics
There are nearly 600 athletes representing the United States at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. And out of that number, 20 women on the team are Mommas. The most famous among them, of course, is Dara Torres, whose amazing story we chronicled here. She already has anchored a silver-medal winning relay team.
But you may also have heard of three-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie, a WNBA star, and softball ace Jennie Finch, who was an Olympic champ in 2004. She helped pitch a no-hitter in the USA's first softball win against Venezuela on Monday.
NBC knows how important all us Mommas are behind the scenes too. Debbie Phelps, mother of super swimmer Michael Phelps, can always be seen cheering her boy on. And after her son was the lead-off man for the exciting men's 4X100 freestyle race late Sunday night, the network showed this commercial (one in a series) featuring third-leg swimmer Cullen Jones thanking his mom for being his biggest cheerleader.
But the ultimate in "thanks Momma!" athletes must be beach volleyball star Misty May-Treanor, right, who is trying to snag another gold with teammate Kerri Walsh. May-Treanor has a tattoo to honor her late mother. And just as she did after winning the gold in Athens, she has vowed to sprinkle her mother’s ashes on the court if they win it all in Beijing.
And the best part? After all this, she and Walsh both say they are ready to be Mommas. And the torch passes.
-- Sherry Robinson