I have to admit curling is a sport I lacked enthusiasm for until I heard about Kristie Moore, an alternate to the Team Canada curling team, who is 5½ months pregnant. This makes Moore the third pregnant athlete to compete in the modern-era Olympics and the first to compete well into her 2nd trimester.
Diana Sartor of Germany was brave enough (or crazy enough!) to compete in the skeleton in 2006 and actually finished 4th place! In the more distant past, Swedish figure skater Magda Julin won a gold medal at the Antwerp Games some 90 years ago while in her first trimester.
Moore, who is 30 years old, did not find out about her pregnancy until a few weeks team Canada invited her to join the team. The team has been very supportive of her visible pregnancy. Team Canada leader Cheryl Bernard told Yahoo Sports, “she is young and fit. There’s no reason we’ll have any problems, and she’ll be out there.”
In a recent interview with Yahoo Sports, Moore said her pregnancy has not impacted her ability to participate on the team, but may have been more of an issue if she was closer to her due date:
“[In] the eighth month or so, that might be an issue,” she told Yahoo Sports.
Team Canada is a favorite for a Gold Medal in the curling event in Vancover. Even if Moore does not compete as an alternate, she will still get to take home a gold medal for her participation on the team if Team Canada wins. Not a bad baby shower gift!
Moore’s participation in Olympic competition while in her 2nd trimester of pregnancy is incentive enough for any pregnant women to get off the couch and exercise and also to continue to pursue her dreams during pregnancy and beyond!