Sportsmen and women worldwide are pushing themselves to the limit to qualify and prepare for this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Before being chosen, participants must go through many rounds of trials to qualify.
Last week, the 31-year-old mom-to-be participated in her third Olympic trials, disclosing she is 18 weeks pregnant the night before. The competitor competed in the 100-metre hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 metres, long jump, and javelin as temperatures in Eugene, Oregon, topped 100 degrees. She finished 15th out of 18 in the 800-metre event after stepping off the course 100 metres.
According to Flach, after learning she was pregnant, she received clearance from her physicians to continue exercising. Her main worry was that she and the baby had to be bothwell. Flach said she wanted to participate one more time to show how powerful women’s bodies are, saying, “Mamas need way more praise than they receive and are capable of way more than people allow or give them credit for.”