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How Jordyn Wieber’s Mom Taught Her Daughter Healthy Eating Habits: She Came Up with ‘Her Own Limitations’

07/29/2016 at 02:30 PM ET

The road to Rio has likely had enough stressors for gymnast Jordyn Wieber without having to put a lot of thought into what she was eating.

Luckily, her mom Rita started her daughter on the path toward independent healthy eating habits as early as 6 years old.

“I wanted to start her out on thinking about healthy snacks, so we’d put a chart on the refrigerator [listing foods as] low, medium and high,” she shares in the latest episode of PEOPLE’s Mom Talk. “So [with] the ‘highs,’ she could only have one out of the list — and that would be kind of the more junky stuff.

“I’ve always heard you’re not supposed to completely say [foods are] a ‘never have,’ because that just makes kids want things,” she continues.

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Olympian Ashleigh Johnson’s Mom Jokes Her Daughter Was ‘Not Happy’ Eating Anything Without Meat

07/29/2016 at 01:55 PM ET

Training and rest are obviously important when it comes to getting ready for a big sporting event. But as three moms of Rio-bound female athletes and one former Olympian discuss on the latest edition of PEOPLE’s Mom Talk, diet is also a huge factor.

“I’m Jamaican, so I made a lot of rice and peas and chicken and vegetables,” says Donna Johnson, mother of 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Water Polo Team member Ashleigh Johnson. “And [my children] had two or three portions each.

“Ashleigh, who is the Olympian, likes a lot of meat,” she continues, joking, “If you gave her anything without meat, she was not happy.”

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Olympic Gold Medalist Kami Craig’s Mom Says Her Daughter Ate to ‘Keep the Weight On’: ‘They Want Her to Be Heavier’

07/29/2016 at 01:47 PM ET

When you’re an Olympic athlete, you have to work hard and eat hard.

And as Dale Craig, mother of 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Water Polo Team member Kami Craig, explains in a session for PEOPLE’s Mom Talk, her daughter has a bit of an extra “challenge” in her diet.

“For Kami, she just needed to keep the weight on because they work out so much,” Dale explains. “Three hours in the morning, three hours in the afternoon.

“They want her to be heavier,” she adds, confirming that desire has to do with her 29-year-old daughter’s center position on the team.

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Gold Medalist Kami Craig Told Her Mom She Was Going to the Olympics (When She Was 5 Years Old!)

07/22/2016 at 01:45 PM ET

It’s not uncommon for world-renowned athletes to set their sights on their ambitions early. But for Dale Craig — mother of Olympic gold medalist in water polo Kami Craig — she can remember the exact moment her daughter told her she was going to the Olympics.

“I’ll never forget … Kami was 5 years old, so she was swimming already, and it was the 1992 Olympics,” she recalls on the newest episode of PEOPLE’s Mom Talk. “She was [lying] on the floor, had her little feet up on the TV and she was watching swimming.

“And she turned to me and she goes, ‘You know, Mom, I’m going to the Olympics one day.’ ”

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Lindsay Davenport: Why the Atlanta Olympics Were So Special to Me and My Family

07/22/2016 at 12:45 PM ET

In preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics, PEOPLE’s latest Mom Talk episode features three mothers of former Olympic athletes and one mom who was an athlete herself. The women gathered to discuss the challenges and rewards of being a mother in the world of sports.

Tennis superstar and 1996 Atlanta Games gold medalist Lindsay Davenport says her moment in the Olympics spotlight was made even more special by the fact that her entire family came out to support her.

“I remember standing up there with my whole family there, which has never happened again!” she said. “My parents were so happy!”

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Olympic Gold Medalist Kami Craig’s Mom Dale Admits She Doesn’t Even Know How to Swim

07/22/2016 at 10:30 AM ET

The latest installment of PEOPLE’s Mom Talk series is a little different in that the moms swapping stories aren’t all celebrities themselves, but mostly the parents of celebrities — specifically, famous female athletes.

One topic of discussion on the table is how they differ from their daughters. And for some, like Dale Craig, one of those differences is pretty staggering.

“My husband and I are not athletic,” the mother of 29-year-old Olympic gold medalist in water polo Kami Craig admitted to the other moms in the room. “I don’t even know how to swim. I hate to admit that.”

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Rita Wieber on Jordyn Winning the 2012 Olympics: ‘It Was One of the Proudest Moments For Our Whole Family’

07/19/2016 at 06:46 PM ET

In preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics, PEOPLE’s latest Mom Talk episode features three mothers of former Olympic athletes and one mom who was an athlete herself. The women gathered to discuss the challenges and rewards of being a mother in the world of sports.

Rita Wieber, mother of 2012 Summer Olympics gymnastics gold medalist Jordyn Wieber, says watching her daughter compete in London was “such a proud moment.”

“It was one of the proudest moments for our whole family — seeing Jordyn being able to represent the country and her sport and make it to that level,” she says of her daughter who took gold in the team competition as part of Fierce Five. “I always say, 20 different planets have to align to make it on the Olympic team in gymnastics!”

She adds, “There’s so many girls that start out in gymnastics and only five make the team.”

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