Sporting Life

Sport shines when parents see value in their kids' adventure

Dierdre Wolownick says of her rock climber son Alex Honnold: "I think when he's free soloing is when he feels the most alive, the most everything. How could you even think about taking that away from somebody?"
Dierdre Wolownick says of her rock climber son Alex Honnold: "I think when he's free soloing is when he feels the most alive, the most everything. How could you even think about taking that away from somebody?"PHOTO: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Of all the words the parent of the Singapore athlete uses, two of them linger longest.

"It's lonely."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 30, 2021, with the headline 'Sport shines when parents see value in their kids' adventure'. Subscribe