The Stories of some pretty amazing Elite Athlete Moms
In Kara Goucher’s Running For Women: From First Steps to Marathons, she dedicates a chapter to pregnancy and new motherhood, focusing on her internal tug of war during pregnancy, between continuing to train hard (imagine the pressure on women who make their living as runners!) and accepting the impending bodily changes that pregnancy brings. Though I’m no professional runner, I appreciated the sentiments and advice, and I thought other pregnant runners out there in Salty land might, also.
Allyson Felix is the most decorated woman track and field star in U.S. Olympic history, sprinting to three medals (two golds, one silver) at the 2016 Games in Rio to bring her total Olympic medal count to nine. She also holds a record 16 IAAF World Championships medals (11 golds, 3 silvers, 2 bronzes) and in March was named to ESPN The Magazine's list of the most dominant 20 athletes of the past two decades.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are officially underway. This year, 244 athletes will compete for Team USA. Among them are 21 parents ― 20 fathers and just one mother, cross-country skier Kikkan Randall.
Randall has been skiing since she was a year old. She made her Olympic debut at 19 at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and later competed at the games in Turin, Vancouver and Sochi. In 2007, she became the first American woman to win a World Cup title in cross-country skiing.
In April 2016, Randall and her husband, Jeff Ellis, welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Breck. And this month she’ll compete in her fifth Winter Olympics.