Expectant mom steps up for expectant nation

Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:42pm EST
 

By Jeffrey Jones

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Curling is a family tradition for Canadian Kristie Moore -- so is being pregnant while doing it.

The 30-year-old never planned on that combination for the Olympics, though.

Alternate on the Canadian team led by Cheryl Bernard, Moore is 5-1/2 months pregnant, a rarity for an Olympic competitor.

Still, the curler says it has not affected her ability to deliver rocks on the ice, and she has the full support of her team mates on the highly touted squad.

"I'm not real big yet ... I'm sure months later, the eighth month or so, that might an issue," she told reporters on Monday, a day before the Olympic curling competition was set to start.

Moore was a latecomer to the Bernard team. She was asked to join before the Olympic trials in November. At the time, she and her boyfriend had not even told their families they were going to be parents.

After being invited to join the team, she took a few days to break the news of her pregnancy to those close to her.

"Then I called (the team) and said, 'Yes, I would love to go. However, I'm pregnant,'" she said.   Continued...