11/07/2012 14:44 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mums Of Athletes Going For Gold In 2012 Olympics Share Their Stories

The proud mums of some of Britain's best Olympic athletes have spilled the beans on life with an Olympian in a series of heart-warming films.

The short documentary-style films tell the story of raising a world class athlete, through the proud eyes of some of their mums.

Comedian Dawn French, mum to teenage daughter Billie, introduces the first montage film of the series (above) and eight longer video interviews with the mums are available to watch online at

We saw a sneak peak of Carol Hoy's film at the launch of the Thank You Mum campaign, where she talks about her son, Sir Chris Hoy's love of cycling, and the moment she almost burst with pride watching him win Silver in Sydney. He then went on to win a gold in Athens and three golds in Beijing. (We also loved the revelation that Chris' first bike was a girls' bike, and how she was just as proud watching him win the egg and spoon race at sport's day!)

Have a look at the film and log on to for video interviews with the following super-proud mums:

Carol Hoy - mum of Sir Chris Hoy, cycling

Kim Tancock - mum of Liam Tancock, swimming

Alison Rushgrove - mum of Paralympian Ben Rushgrove, athletics

Alison Powell - mum of Jessica Ennis, athletics

Rose Kwakye - mum of Jeanette Kwakye, athletics

Pauline Pendleton - mum of Victoria Pendleton, cycling

Pat Payne - mum of Keri-anne Payne, swimming

Pat Radcliffe - mum of Paula Radcliffe, athletics