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Pregnant Olympic athletes

By Susan Scutti, CNN

Published 3:30 PM ET, Thu April 20, 2017
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Magda Julin of Sweden competed at the 1920 Olympic Games as an individual figure skater while four months pregnant. She won gold at the games, which took place in Antwerp that year. Julin continued skating well into her 90s, according to the Swedish Olympic website, and died at the age of 96. Olympia Book
Cornelia Pfohl, a German archer, competed in the Olympics two times while pregnant. She had already won a silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games when she arrived at the 2000 Olympics early in her pregnancy. In the Sydney Games, she won bronze. Four years later at the Athens Games, she competed while seven months pregnant, though she did not win one of the top prizes. GREG BAKER/AP
Anky van Grunsven, an equestrian from the Netherlands, has won three gold medals at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Hong Kong. During the 2004 Games, she competed while five months into her pregnancy. Victory was hers: She won gold. Peter Kneffel/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Canadian curler Kristie Moore competed while five-months pregnant in the 2010 Games. She earned a silver medal in the Vancouver Games. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press/AP
Snowboarding champion Amelie Kober represented Germany at the Turin Games of 2006. She was two months pregnant at the time. Despite falling in the quarterfinals, she picked herself up to continue and won a silver medal. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Sharpshooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi competed for Malaysia while eight months pregnant. Before the 2012 games, she told AFP that the added weight of carrying her first child brought her added stability in her shooting stance. Lars Baron/Getty Images
Kerri Walsh Jennings, a volleyball athlete, won her third gold medal at the 2012 Games in London. Only later did she realize she had competed -- and won the top prize -- while pregnant. Petr David Josek/AP
Kim Rhode, a member of the U.S. shooting team, has won six medals, including three golds, in six consecutive Olympic games. Like Walsh, she discovered weeks after the London Olympics that she was pregnant while competing. And also like Walsh, she won the top prize. Lars Baron/Getty Images
Swedish handball player Anna-Maria Johansson competed in the London Games in 2012 while three months pregnant. Following her intense participation in the games, she took a year off to become a mom and then returned to her sport. JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
Short-track speed-skater Martina Valcepina represented Italy at the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver at age 17 and returned to the Sochi Games in 2014. During the Sochi Games, she was carrying not one baby, but two. One month into her twin pregnancy, she brought home a bronze medal from Russia. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images