Thursday, February 18, 2010

Eye Black Challenger - Kristie Moore

Anyone who follows our twitter feed knows we love curling. Yes, we love curling and especially Team Norway's pants. But a reader sent us this story about Team Canada's Kristie Moore who is participating in the 2010 Olympics while pregnant. Moore is apparently the third woman to participate in the Olympics while pregnant.

Moore, who is 30-years-old is five-and-a-half months pregnant -- which puts her well past Swedish figure skater Magda Julin, who won a gold medal at the Antwerp Games some 90 years ago while in her first trimester.

And Diana Sartor of Germany finished in fourth place in the skeleton in 2006.

In a new interview, Moore says her visible pregnancy hasn't impaired her ability to participate on the team, but she says that may not be the case if she were closer to her due date.

“[In] the eighth month or so, that might be an issue,” she told Yahoo Sports.

Moore didn't find out about her pregnancy until just weeks before officials with Team Canada invited her to join the team. Her coach has been very supportive and says her baby will have no adverse effect on her ability to help the team.

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."


Hat tip: KP

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