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Grab a tissue. In honor of Mother's Day, Procter & Gamble has released "Strong," the latest video installment of its award-winning Olympic Games "Thank You,Mom" campaign. As always, it's a tearjerker—especially if you're a mother.
The moving piece, which follows four Olympic hopefuls, shows those moments—both big and small—when a mother's support and encouragement make all the difference. The video ends with the words "It takes someone strong to make someone strong." We couldn't agree more.
With just under 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 games, Family Circle chatted with three great Olympic hopefuls—Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and Dana Vollmer—about strength and nurturing.
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Gymnast Gabby Douglas and her mother, Nathalie Hawkins
"I totally get my strength and courage from my mom; she has taught me everything I know. She pushes me to go out there and accomplish my goals and not let my talents go to waste." —Gabby Douglas
"It's easy to empower Gabby. As her mom, it's just innate. Naturally we want to nurture and encourage our children—it's our job. We're the caregivers when they're sick and when they need us most. I'm both Gabby's mom and her manager, and it's so rewarding. It feels amazing to be able to support her on her journey. —Nathalie Hawkins
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Gymnast Simone Biles and her mother, Nellie Biles
"My mom has taught me to have confidence in myself the way other people have confidence in me when I step out onto the floor to compete, and to believe in myself in everyday life. I think that's why this P&G campaign is so great; it shows kids that you can't do it alone. Your need your mom's help!" —Simone Biles
"I'm here to keep Simone calm, focused and grounded. If there's any underlying problem she's dealing with, we'll talk about it, and talk about fears. Then I get her to focus on her goals and go back to that. I just want her to know that doing her best is all we're asking for, whatever the outcome. Nothing more." —Nellie Biles
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Swimmer Dana Vollmer and her mother, Cathy Vollmer
"My mom has given me strength. When we talk about strength, it's about being able to move forward no matter what and facing life with optimism. She has been by my side through everything. I've had a lot of injuries in my career, lots of pressure, wins and losses, and she has always been that voice that tells me everything will be okay. She's my biggest cheerleader and supporter. Now that I'm a mom, I have a whole new appreciation for all she did." —Dana Vollmer
"I never had to keep Dana focused—she's so driven, strong and determined—but I'm always there to keep her grounded." —Cathy Volmer