At the Dutchess of Cambridge restaurant anyone can drink Olympian Ale, but only a few Olympians actually walk through the door.
"I feel really proud of how we did a very tough competition and an extremely tough group of athletes that we were competing against- and we put everything out there," said rower Margot Shumway.
Shumway visited the Dutchess of Cambridge restaurant with her parents and brothers after finishing 6th in the double sculls final in Dorney Englan at the 2012 London Olympics.
Photos: Margot Shumway competing at 2012 London Olympics
"They've been there every step of the way. They are incredibly supportive they are excited, they brag about me and they don't know but I brag about them too."
Just six weeks ago, it wasn't certain this moment in England would happen for the Shumway family.
Margot's mother, Julia, is battling stage 4 lung cancer and her doctors promised her they would do whatever it took to make sure she'd be able to make the trip overseas to see her daughter's Olympic race.
So while Margot pushed herself on the water, her mother pushed herself through more intense chemo-a feat that continues to impress this Olympian.
"The fact that she is able to be as supportive, and do something essentially for me-- to travel all this way for me- when I think I would just want to be in my room depressed, she's not doing that. She's here. She's walking around. She's celebrating and living in the moment and positively."
The feeling is mutual.
"She's had her ups and downs, and her injuries, all of these athletes have, they don't get where they have without a lot of suffering and sacrifice and being penniless," said Margot's mother.
Call it admiration or that bond between a mother and her daughter that Julia describes in her blog.
"There is just a bond there that is like nothing else."
A special-something that keeps the other going through the gold medal days and the ones that don't shine as bright.