While the action and results on the ice make the headlines during the Olympic games, the story of how the athletes got there is just as important. Behind every athlete is a story of triumphs and struggles, victories and defeats, as well as support from coaches and family members. Procter and Gamble’s “Thank You, Mom” video tugs at the heartstrings and has gone viral in the weeks leading up to the 2014 Sochi games. And while that video did feature some hockey, it was not the prime focus. Gillette has changed that by making Ryan Suter the focus of their Raising An Olympian ad. The commercial tells the story of a young Ryan Suter falling in love with the sport of hockey, as well as being the son of a 1980 Team USA member:
While “keeping your head up” is literally important on the ice, the emotional aspects of the game of hockey are just as important. Suter discusses being suspended for an important game early in his career and how he learned to keep his emotions in check. Being on the ice for Sidney Crosby‘s “golden goal” weighed heavy on him as well. Having your dream snatched away so quickly, has to be one of the toughest things an athlete can face. His father’s message: keep your head up, learn from your mistakes, put it in the past and react with a positive attitude.
At the end of the video, Suter comments that he would not be where he was today without his father’s support and guidance. It appears for the 2014 games, that that support and guidance will have to come from afar, as Suter requested yesterday that his family not make the trip to Sochi, due to the growing security concerns. In an interview with CBS Sports Bob Suter had this to say:
Everything is security, security. You know, it’s just too bad that it takes away from the athletics and the sports and stuff. It just makes it maybe not as fun that you have to worry nowadays.
While I am sure no distance will be too great for the bond that Suter has with his father, it is unfortunate that the threats to security are keeping family members away from seeing their loved ones perform. Parents like Bob Suter deserve to see the outcome of all of the sacrifices and hard work they have put in as parents pay off.