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By Cynthia Nellis, About.com Guide to Back to School

Sure, I'm awed by the Olympic athletes, but even more inspired by the moms behind the athletes. Can you imagine the dedication and sacrifice it took to get their kid to the Olympics? There's lots of buzz about all of the athlete moms who are competing this year and I think they're amazing. But I'm just as impressed by the moms who inspired (and taxied/coached/financed) these athletes through the years while juggling homework, jobs and family life.

I'll probably never have an Olympic athlete in my family, but I'm doing my part to make sure my kids compete in sports that help their health and self-esteem. At a recent horse show, I saw a bumper sticker that says it all: "Sponsored by Mom."

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