Me and my mom at my first gymnastics practice in 1996!

Fourteen years later, at the Olympic cauldron in Vancouver!

You’ve probably heard this before. And to make sure I’m not violating any copyright laws, “Thank you, Mom” is an amazing campaign, funded by Procter & Gamble, to give thanks to the people who help make our dreams come true, especially moms. P&G has really emphasized this campaign with Olympic athletes, and without it I don’t think my parents would have been able to attend the last Olympics. And with Mother’s Day, and the 2014 Olympics, fast approaching, I thought it would be an excellent topic to blog about.

My whole childhood was filled with gymnastics practices, competitions, leotards and even tears at some points. I loved gymnastics, and I only have my mom to thank for that. When I was really young, I started flipping off the sofa and my mom thought it was best to teach me proper mechanics so I wouldn’t break my neck! She enrolled me in gymnastics classes. Then she spent the following 10 years taking me to gymnastics practices, doing my hair and getting me ready for competitions.

While my family and I sat watching the 2006 Olympic Winter Games together, my mom decided that I would love being a freestyle skier! I loved flipping and skiing; her conclusion was well founded. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t know many moms who encourage their children to flip on skis 50 feet in the air! But she knew I would love it and she was right!

Now when I look back at my gymnastics career and my Olympic aerials career, I see all the hard work that many people have put in to help me achieve my goals. But without my mom, I would not be working my way to qualify for my second Olympics in a sport that I absolutely love and wouldn’t have even tried without her support!

So, thank you mom!

Спасибо Мама! (pronounced: Spaseeba Mama!)

You can also follow my journey on Twitter: @AshleySkis