Competing in the Olympics is just about the most nerve-racking thing a person can do. In fact, the only thing more stressful than participating in the games yourself would be watching your own child enter them instead.
Just ask Alexandra Raisman’s parents.
You may have been watching when the U.S. gymnast performed her stunning routine on the uneven bars on Sunday. She did well, as expected, and later qualified for the all-round final. But while the audience was distracted by all that flipping and twisting the athletes were pulling off, they missed the real show that was taking place in the stands. Here it is (you’re welcome):
— Sarah Schneider (@sarahschni) August 8, 2016
See what we mean? You can actually feel their anxiety. The way Raisman’s mom is latching onto her husband’s arm while physically leaning away–as if she’s bracing for an impact–is absolutely priceless. We also love the way Raisman’s dad stands up after his daughter completes her routine, only to immediately sit back down once he realizes just how much energy all that nervousness took out of him.
The Canadian team, meanwhile, came in at ninth place. So while we won’t be able to root for the home team in this particular event, we can at least keep cheering on Raisman and her adorable parents.
After all, isn’t coming together what the Olympics are all about?