5 Olympic Medal-Winners Who Prove Moms Can Do It All
Moms go for the gold.
If you watch Douglas Family Gold, premiering May 25 at 10/9c on Oxygen, you’ll see that Gabby Douglas' journey to the Olympics is a family affair. This is especially true for moms at the Olympics. Yes, moms! Being a mom doesn't mean the end to an athletic career. For some, it’s the fuel to go farther, harder and faster. These five medal-winners prove that moms can do it all.
Sprinter Wilma Rudolph made history in the 1960 Olympics as the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games. At this time, she had a two-year-old daughter named Yolanda, who went on to pursue track and field herself.
Swimmer Amanda Beard made her first appearance in the 1996 Olympics as just a teenager. She would go on to win several medals, including gold in 2004 (in which she broke the world record in the 200-meter breaststroke). She had her first child in 2009 and still competed at the 2010 Conoco Phillips National Championships. She finished second in the 200-meter breaststroke finals. With two kids now, she's said to be eyeing participating in the 2016 games.
Dara Torres swims past all of her competition. At the age of 40 (and just 16 months after giving birth to her first child), she won the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Nationals in 2007. She's won twelve Olympic medals (four gold, four silver, four bronze), which makes her only one of three women with the most Olympic women's swimming medals.
Women's basketball is synonymous with Lisa Leslie. The three-time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold medal winner took one year off to have her first child. She returned in 2008 to win the gold medal in Beijing.
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