For only the second time ever in Olympic history (the last time being 90 years ago) an Olympic athlete is competing while knowingly pregnant.
Kristie Moore, 30, is a Canadian curler who happens to be nearly six months pregnant. It’s not slowing her down, though, and her teammates and coaches are completely supportive:
Moore found out about her pregnancy weeks before team officials invited her to join Team Canada as an alternate. When she divulged her secret, the team was more than supportive. Said team leader Cheryl Bernard, “she is young and fit. There’s no reason we’ll have any problems and she’ll be out there.”
Moore’s attitude seems to match her teammates:
Though she has started to show (as evidenced in the picture above), Moore says that her pregnancy has not affected her ability to deliver rocks … yet. “[In] the eighth month or so, that might be an issue,” she said.
Moore is only the second ever athlete known to complete in the Olympics while pregnant. (It stands to reason that at least a few female athletes were with child and either kept it secret or didn’t know at some point during the Olympic games in history, so pregnant olympians are probably not entirely new.) Swedish figure skater Magda Julin won a gold medal in figure skating at the 1920 games in Antwerp, in the first trimester of pregnancy.
The women’s curling event starts today and ends next Friday, and Canada is, according to Yahoo! Sports, the “gold medal favorite.”