World-class Motherhood During Open Water Swimming

World-class Motherhood During Open Water Swimming

FINA Magazine wrote a fascinating article on top swimmers, water polo players and divers who combine world-class athletic careers with motherhood.

The mixture of open water and motherhood is increasingly common, especially since the fastest growing demographic in open water swimming is women over the age of 40 years,

While women around the world understand the strength and commitment motherhood requires, it was in a 1972 Journal of American Medical Association where a study of 13 women who competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics after their pregnancy. E. Zaharieva wrote, “They became stronger, had greater stamina and were more balanced in every way after having a child.”

The FINA Magazine article interviewed world 25K champion Angela Maurer who placed a close fourth at the 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim and is one of the nominees for the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year who agreed that “…the birth of my son Maxim has had a very positive impact on my sporting life.”

Angela told FINA Magazine that she “is definitely strong than I used to be“, but that she could not explain why. The other world-class athletes who were interviewed also agreed with their increased strength, improved balance in their lives and ability to come back to the highest echelons of their sport.

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