2018 Olympics: 2 Mom Athletes Making History Now
We know all the blood, sweat and tears that go into being a mom. Now imagine you're also an Olympian.
Yeah, we couldn't either.
That's what makes these to women, one a trailblazing cross-country skiier and one a world champion snowboarder and paralympian, so amazing to us
Paralympian Brenna Huckaby is a world champion snowboarder and competes in banked slalom. According to her Team USA profile, she lost her right leg after an osteosarcoma diagnosis in 2010. She began snowboarding shortly after receiving her first prosthetic and started competing in 2013. She is mother to one daughter, Lilah, born in 2016.
Lilah, Huckaby told People Magazine, is already following in her mother's footsteps: “We took her to Lake Tahoe and planned to carry her up the hill in a backpack, but they wouldn’t let anyone on the lift without a board. So we strapped a little one on her, and she loved it.”
My right hand and right leg sometimes 🙄 I couldn’t be the person I am today without these two beauties next to me 🙈😍 . . . #winter #snow #snowboard #snowboardfamily #womeninsport #womenempowerment #ladies #family #momlife #mommyandme #mommy #happiness #sport #happy #beautiful #adventure #love #loveyourself #loveyourfamily #loveyourlife #motoknee #versafoot #teamusa #usparalympics #parasnowboard 📸: Justin Lublin
Kikkan Randall is the only mom on the U.S. Olympic team, a team that boasts 244 athletes (109 of whom are women).
According to her website, she was a member of the 2002 Olympic Cross Country team. In 2008, She became the first American woman to win at the World Cup. She was diagnosed with a massive blood clot in her left leg in April 2008, but that didn't stop her from going on to win the first ever US women’s World Championship medal at the 2009 World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. She was also part of the US duo, with teammate Jessie Diggins, that won the first ever gold medal for the cross-country team at the World Championships in Val di Fiemme in 2013.
Randall blogs about balancing life as an athlete and new mother. Her son, Breck is 21 months old. She told People, "“It’s just been really humbling to be a parent and realize things are just messy and that’s okay.”
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