It’s not uncommon for world-renowned athletes to set their sights on their ambitions early. But for Dale Craig — mother of Olympic gold medalist in water polo Kami Craig — she can remember the exact moment her daughter told her she was going to the Olympics.
“I’ll never forget … Kami was 5 years old, so she was swimming already, and it was the 1992 Olympics,” she recalls on the newest episode of PEOPLE’s Mom Talk. “She was [lying] on the floor, had her little feet up on the TV and she was watching swimming.
“And she turned to me and she goes, ‘You know, Mom, I’m going to the Olympics one day.’ “
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And of course, Dale was nothing but supportive of her ambitious daughter, now 29 — as any great mom who has a child with a dream would be.
“I just remembered wanting to be positive. And I turned around and I said, ‘You know what, Kami? You just keep working hard, and you can do that.’ ”
Little did Dale know, her daughter would be taking her to the Summer Olympics in both Beijing and London, contributing to the U.S. water polo team’s silver and gold medals, respectively. But the proud mom admits the experience has “been wonderful” for her family.
“Sometimes you sit there and you go, ‘Gee, you better listen to your kids because maybe someday they will take you there!'” she says, laughing.
— Jen Juneau