She has been a constant presence and support for Mallory and has made many sacrifices over the years. While she cannot be at every meet where Mallory competes, it just doesn't feel right that she wouldn't be with her daughter at her first World Championship Meet.
Laurie is very humble. She has said, "I will wait for Tokyo." Well, we are all waiting for Tokyo; but we all also know that anything can happen. Life can happen. She should not wait.