Posted July 28, 2012 on AP on Fox
American gymnast Aly Raisman earned a gold medal for her athletic prowess in London. It's her mom who's gone viral. NBC's video of Lynn Raisman watching her daughter perform on the uneven bars Sunday, with her nervous murmurs and face and body contortions, was the single most replayed moment on Tivo digital video recorders that night. It has even inspired a YouTube spoof. The network doesn't have ''parent cams'' trained on the stands during every Olympic event. Moms and dads are featured only when they are relevant to the story lines, veteran NBC producer Molly Solomon said Thursday. But they've already been indelible parts of the network's coverage in the first few days of the London Games. The parents of American gymnasts John Orozco and Danell Leyva were palpable presences during that sport's coverage. The bronze medal-winning Leyva's dad was his coach and a bundle of energy. NBC introduced Orozco's parents in a segment that talked about the sacrifices they made in helping the Bronx athlete reach a high level of competition. When Orozco's dreams were shattered by some subpar performances, he was near tears, and his mother's face reflected similar agony. ''Can you imagine the emotions of watching your kid compete?'' Solomon said. ''To me it's part of the fabric of the story.'' One of NBC's best moments came after South African Chad Le Clos unexpectedly beat American Michael Phelps in the butterfly. Americans by now are used to seeing Phelps' mom, Debbie, cheer her son's many medal-winning performances. This time the camera caught her in a double-take, first thinking it was another gold medal before learning her son had been beaten in the end. NBC producer Dan Beard was in the stands and heard a man shouting, ''That's my son! That's my son!'' He quickly ordered cameras to catch video of Le Clos' sobbing father, his head wrapped in a South African flag. The parents with their contrasting emotions made for arresting images. It was much the same Thursday with Phelps' mother and Ryan Lochte's disappointed dad following their sons' final pool duel. For many American athletes, NBC producers know the parents already through the research-gathering process leading up to the Olympics. Seemingly more athletes these days are teenagers, and their parents are the emotional and financial support system through years of training. A Procter & Gamble ad campaign for the Olympics focuses on just these sacrifices that moms make. Not all parents are comfortable being a part of their child's moments. Solomon recalled a recent Winter Olympics where the parents of an ice dancing team asked that the cameras stay focused on their children. The mother of American ice skater Evan Lysacek is usually out of the arena, unable to watch her son perform live. ''If they don't want to be on camera, we are respectful of that,'' Solomon said. NBC learns from Olympics officials where an athlete's family has seats before the competition takes place. There's always a double-check, with a researcher going up in the stands to make sure that information is correct. Imagine the embarrassment of getting it wrong. Judging by many of the expressions, however, it's usually pretty easy to tell when they've got it right.

Gymnast Aly Raisman's parents react to routine

USA gymnast Aly Raisman‘s parents look intense they are on a roller coaster ride watching daughter perform. This is one of the most intense parent reactions I have ever seen and much more interesting then the actual routine! Alexandra Rose ”Aly“ Raisman (born May 25, 1994) is an American artistic gymnast and is a member of the team representing the USA at the 2012 Summer...

Give NBC an Emmy for this Interview Shot of Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber

Best gymnast in the world in 2012 just got outclutch'd by a teammate. If only Raisman could have released Walter White's "I Won" at the end of the NBC interview. [Follow me @TravisHouser] PS - Have to believe the judges based their points on looks in the end.

Raisman steps into limelight after Olympic stunner

Aly Raisman tried to be OK with it, tried to smile, say all the right things and be the good teammate that's made her easily the most reliable American gymnast over the last three years. The 18-year-old U.S. Olympic team captain never complained when the cameras focused on world champion and good friend Jordyn Wieber. She didn't pout when Gabby Douglas' electric smile...

Friend or foe, US gymnasts don't mind who watches

Aly Raisman can almost feel the eyes on her as she and her U.S. gymnastics teammates finish their training session. Sure enough, she'll look up and see a couple of heads in the doorway. Russians, usually. Sometimes the Romanians. ''We always try and do a little better,'' Raisman said with the hint of a smirk, ''maybe intimidate them a bit.''...
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