LONDON -- Behind every race, behind every medal, there's a family that got that athlete there.
"He just said, 'here mom, and 'thanks Rick, love you and proud of you,’ Leslie Berens said
Nick Thoman's family celebrated silver, and Thoman gave his bouquet to his mom Kathy.
“My mom ran on down the stairs and she was right there at the corner,” Thoman said. “So I got to toss her my flowers and that was, that was really cool."
Ricky Beren's brother Tim didn't go to Beijing but he's in London.
Despite their journey from Charlotte, the Berens aren't getting much time with Ricky.
Before they compete, athletes don't see their families afterward they're caught up in the media frenzy.
When Ryan Lochte was swimming for gold his family was in London in force -- all dressed up in red, white and blue.
Lochte couldn't see them but told NewsChannel 36 he felt their presence.
When athletes struggle, parents feel their pain too.
As the games wind down, some families know the race for a medal is not over.
Many of these athletes have their sights set on Rio and so this family journey continues.
"That love and support has really gotten me through and it's great they get a lot of happiness out of this too,” Thoman said.