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Current and Former Olympic parents talk Sochi Winter Games

The Sochi Winter Games are only days away (February 6), and Celebrity Baby Scoop is getting into the Olympic spirit by chatting with a few current and former Olympic parents who will be attending. Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is headed to Sochi to represent his home country, but will not be bringing his young family due to the recent threats and terrorist attacks in the region. He shared, “Me having two young kids, my wife’s also expecting number three (fellow Olympian Canadian Alpine skier Brigitte Acton), they’re not going to go. It’s not worth it for myself, wondering if she’s okay whenever I’m not with her. It’s something that’s unfortunate but that’s just how it is.”

Olympic figure skater, Kristi Yamaguchi, is now raising two daughters (Keara, 10, and Emma, 8) with husband and former Olympic hockey player Bret Hedican. She will be in Sochi as the U.S. Olympic committee’s Digital Ambassador. She said, “I am very excited about the upcoming Olympics in Sochi. I don’t think my children will go, because it is such a far trip to take during the school year.” She also shared, “When I think of the Olympics, I think of everyone coming together in peace and competing in goodwill and good sport. I hope that everyone is able to do that as well. It’s all about these amazing athletes who have worked their entire lives to showcase their dreams.” Gold medal Olympic hockey player and mom to two ((Maddy,12 and Cullen, 6), Jenny Schmidgall-Potter, talked about how her family keeps her grounded.  Jenny said, “I don’t really have a mantra but I do believe in hard work. I think being the best you can be and trying to be one of the best players in the world keeps me focused and that my family is there is share it with me.”

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