Olympic parents offer support in moments of victory and defeat

Germany's Loch embraced by father after loss, Canadian families celebrate

Olympic parents offer support in moments of victory and defeat
Germany's Felix Loch is consoled by his father Norbert Loch after finishing fifth in men's luge singles. © Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

By Amy Cleveland, CBC Sports

Germany's Felix Loch was one run away from his third consecutive Olympic title in men's luge singles when it all went wrong — thankfully, he had his No. 1 fan standing by to provide a shoulder to cry on. 

Olympic parents aren't always seen amidst the triumph and torment of the Games, but Day 2 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, was an exception.

In one of the day's more moving displays, German luge coach Norbert Loch embraced his visibly distraught son at the bottom of the luge track after Felix made a crucial final-run error to drop from gold-medal position to fifth. 

While it was heartbreak for the Lochs on the luge track, Canadian families embraced their athlete's victories elsewhere.

These moments didn't come without some stress from the sidelines and in the stands. 

Snowboarder Mark McMorris's parents were at Phoenix Park cheering on the slopestyle star as he aimed at another Olympic medal. Don and Cindy appeared to be all nerves until Mark repeated as the bronze-medal winner. 

At the Gangneung Oval, speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen's family went from stress to pure delight when the 5,000-metre world record holder earned silver.

Click on the video player below to see the emotional family moments: