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Olympian is 5 months pregnant

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:56 AM
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Canadian curler is five months pregnant

As with all curling teams, Team Canada features five members. Well, six, if you really want to get technical with it.

Alternate Kristie Moore, 30, is 5½ months pregnant, making her just the third athlete known to be with child during Olympic competition. Ninety years ago, Swedish figure skater Magda Julin won a gold medal at the Antwerp Games while in her first trimester and Germany’s Diana Sartor took fourth in the skeleton in 2006.

Though she is showing (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 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."

Barring unforeseen problems with the other four members of the team, it's unlikely Moore will see any Olympic action. During competition her role as an alternate is much like a backup quarterback in football: She'll be called on if needed. Moore has said that although she'd like to get out on the ice, doing so would mean having to play at the expense of someone else's injury. 

Team Canada is the gold-medal favorite in the women's curling event, which begins Tuesday and runs through Friday of next week. Even if Moore doesn't play, she will  receive any medal Canada wins.

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This has been a hotly debated issue in my hometown, with most men saying she shouldn't be competing - or curling at all, and most women saying it's not that big a deal.  What are your thoughts?

by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:56 AM
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Arroree
by Ruby Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 1:52 AM

I think its ridiculous that anyone would consider this an issue in any way.

samthecat001
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 1:53 AM

if her and her docs feel its fine...then...why is it headlines?

babie113
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 2:01 AM

thats cool

CherBearCM
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 3:28 AM

I don't see why it's an issue... curling is not THAT intensive and besides she's an alternate, she may not see ice time.  I can't see it being any different then a pregnant woman continuing with her morning jogs really. 

margroc
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

 

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This has been a hotly debated issue in my hometown, with most men saying she shouldn't be competing - or curling at all, and most women saying it's not that big a deal.  What are your thoughts?

Someone needs to tell these men that until they become pregnant they really don't have the experience to speak on the issue.

A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate.  - Pierre E. Trudeau

izzybear0217
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:31 AM

WTG!!!! I think its cool she is doing this. For all those men think she shouldn't be doing it then maybe they should focus more on their own games!!!

WImom2
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I think it is cool! Curling is so not dangerous, and she is only a back up for the team anyway.

prettymama72106
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:45 AM

I agree curling isn't dangerous and she is just an alternate so as long as her and her doctor are okay with it then i say go for it. There are pregnant women whose daily jobs are more dangerous I don't see the men protesting that. I think the real issue is that having a pregnant athlete makes them uncomfortable. All I have to say is for them to deal with it. I think it will be a cool story for her kid to hear when he/she is older.

norwegianwood
by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:52 AM

 good for her! I think it's great!

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Feb. 20, 2010 at 11:10 AM

It's not like she is ski jumping (oh wait they don't let girls do that anyways)...  ;)

So... leave her be...  She is fit and her baby will be just fine.

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