And that’s certainly the case for Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim and his mum Ewa.
“I could never have done it without her support,” the Dairy Australia’s Legendairy ambassador tells this weeks's magazine.
In fact, the one-time world record-holder credits his selfless mum Ewa, 65, and dad Wojtek, 67, for his success.
Watching this year’s Olympic hopefuls in Rio reminds Ewa of the sacrifices she and her family made to make her son the swimming star he is now.
Six months since the announcement of his separation from wife Lindy Klim, the 39-year-old is putting his focus on the world’s biggest sporting event as a mentor to the Australian swimming team.
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“We made the decision [to end it] because we wanted to be happier, we wanted a better outcome and we wanted a better life for the future. We both made that decision, and we didn’t make it lightly,” he admitted to news.com just a month after they announced the split.
And mum Ewa has always helped her son through heartache.
Most famously, Michael recalls when he failed to qualify for the final at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
“I went to Atlanta being number one in the world, but after missing out on the finals my dream was shattered – I was shattered – and that was when my family really counted,” he says, looking at Ewa.
“I have a photo of Mum giving me a cuddle with me crying on the side of the pool.”
Pick up a copy of Woman’s Day magazine to find out how Ewa is continuing to help her son and to check out the full feature on our favourite Aussie Olympians and their amazing mums. And to find out more about Michael's mission to educate Australians about the importance of dairy foods like milk, cheese and yoghurt being essential for health follow #Legendairyay or visit legendairy.com.au.