If any two events highlight the utter miraculousness of women's bodies, they are the Olympics and pregnancy. Usually, though, we don't get to witness women pulling off both at the same time—but over the years, at least 18 athletes competed in the Games while with child.
While no pregnant athletes are competing in Rio this month (which is good news because of Zika risks), we've gathered the stories of the insanely inspiring women who, since 1920, have done their thing while doing their thing. Prepare to be awed.
The American ice hockey player on the right competed while unknowingly pregnant with her first child in 1998. This was the first year women's hockey became an Olympic sport, and Brown-Miller's team killed it: They won the gold.
The Italian fencer is shown on the left. She competed in the London Olympics in 2012 and found out she was pregnant weeks later.
Rhode is an American shooter. She competed in the London Olympics in 2012 while unknowingly pregnant. It wasn't until, more than a month later, as she listened to friends describe symptoms of their own pregnancies, that she put two and two together. Rhode earned Olympic medals in the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 Games.
Hemmens is an American athlete who canoed for the U.S. Olympic team in the 1996 Games in Atlanta while she was two-months pregnant.
Szymkowiak is a German skeleton racer with the nickname “Ice Tiger.” She won a silver medal when she competed at the 2010 Games in Vancouver while two-months pregnant.
Kober is a German snowboarder who competed while two-months pregnant in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The athlete revealed Kober her pregnancy in an interview at the Games, saying, "It is true that I am sitting out this season aside from this one race, because I will become a Mom."
Sartor is a German skeleton racer who competed while nine-weeks pregnant during the 2006 Turin Olympics. She placed fourth.
Julin was a Swedish figure skater. She competed while 3 months pregnant in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics and received the gold medal. Yes, the same year the United States officially went "dry" under Prohibition, Julin was skating her way to gold while carrying a child.
Stover-Irwin, shown second to left, was an American diver who competed while she was 3.5 months pregnant in 1952. She took home a bronze medal that year.
Spring is an Australian beach volleyball player, featured here with her teammate, Liane Fenwick. Spring competed while four-months pregnant at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
This queen badass competed in the Olympics pregnant twice. In 2000, Pfohl, a German Archer, competed while newly pregnant and won bronze at the Sydney Games. Then, four years later in 2004, she competed while seven-months pregnant in Athens. If you're wondering how she'd do if she competed in the Olympics while not pregnant, I can tell you—pretty damn well. Before becoming pregnant, she won a silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Games. All hail.
This Malaysian shooter is a damn inspiration. In 2012, she was the first woman to compete for Malaysia in Olympic sharpshooting—and she did so while eight-months pregnant with her first child. In interviews, Taibi said she had to adjust her stance to accommodate the pregnancy, but the added weight actually made her more stable. Taibi holds the record for "most pregnant athlete" to compete at the Olympics. Hell yes!
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