As awesome as it is to watch Olympic champions take a victory lap and wave from the winners' podium, not many people understand the years of hard work and sacrifice that goes into that gold medal moment.

Lifetime is out to change that with "Gold Medal Families," a series that showcases six Olympic hopefuls and the families supporting them along the way.

Zap2it spoke with one of the show's stars, Nastasya Generalova, a rhythmic gymnast hoping to head to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Generalova is 16 years old, and she and her mother have been training for this chance for the past 12 years.

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As a single parent, Nastasya's mother has made many sacrifices to keep her daughter's dream alive, which has created a beautiful bond between the mother-daughter team.

"The fact that she's carried me throughout all these years and helped me, it really inspires me to be just like her," Generalova says. "Because if you're just as strong like that in life, then you're going to be successful, so I want to be just like her."

You might also recognize Generalova from her short appearance in Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" video, where she performed some ribbon dancing. "We had to teach [Swift] some rhythmic gymnastics ... It didn't really work out for her, but it was still fun working with her!" Generalova jokes.

As for whether you can expect to see Nastasya Generalova this summer in Rio, you'll have to watch "Gold Medal Families" to find out -- Generalova is sworn to secrecy.

"Gold Medal Families" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.

Posted by:Lindsay MacDonald

Lindsay MacDonald is a Los Angeles based entertainment reporter with an affinity for CW superheroes. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a major in Media Studies and a borderline unhealthy obsession with TV in 2012. She would much rather spend the day binge-watching ‘The Flash’ or sorting ‘Game of Thrones’ characters into Hogwarts houses than venturing outdoors. TV words to live by: “Never ignore coincidence. Unless, of course, you’re busy. In which case, always ignore coincidence.”