Support Can Keep Us Together
Of course, when it’s two Olympic medalist-moms in question, many officials will move mountains to make their athletic careers work. But it wasn’t always easy for women athletes wanting to start families.
The athletes in question – Kikkan Randall and Marit Bjorgen, elite cross-country skiers who recently won medals in Pyeongchang – wanted to succeed in juggling work and family, even though that “work” entailed hours every day of intense training, a need for more sleep than the average mom and a travel schedule that would be difficult for non-parent seasoned travelers.
It’s incredible on a personal level as well as a professional one, how these moms formed an alliance to support each other and their families across nations.
After recent pregnancies, Randall and others in her league shared advice on parenting and how to get back into shape for their sport. She and Bjorgen ended up in South Korea for the Olympics; two other athletes in their circle came close to joining them.
And they’re blazing a trail for future generations – of athletes, and of moms.