Canadian Kristie Moore, age 30, is 5 1/2 months pregnant and is an Winter Olympic alternate in Vancouver according to the article on Yahoo Sports by Chris Chase. She is an alternate for Team Canada’s curling team and has yet to be called upon but it’s a possibility. It’s a shocking story but from all accounts Moore is fit, in shape, and up for the challenge.
Moore is only the 3rd known Olympic athlete in history to be with child. The first was Swedish figure skater Magda Julin 90 years ago who won a gold medal in her first trimester. In 2006, Germany’s Diana Sartor came in 4th in the skeleton.
Moore found out she was pregnant a few weeks before she was asked to join the team, and when she shared the news with them everyone was supportive. She should have no problem finding health insurance and having proper coverage while she spends this time at the Olympics. With Canada being strong contenders for a gold medal Moore is bound to have an exciting few weeks whether or not she competes.