Army Athlete Makes World Cup Final Just 4-Months After Having a Baby

Getting used to having a new baby to take care of is an adjustment for all parents, and sometimes it can be almost impossible to juggle everything in your life after having a little one. Of course, some of us transition better than others almost to the point that you'd never guess a baby had entered the picture -- like we have super powers or something. One woman named Mickey Kelly, however, really gives new meaning to the term "supermom."

Just 4-months after giving birth to her baby girl, Mickey qualified as an Olympic contender for the 2012 Modern Pentathlon World Cup Series, as part of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. Good grief! Most of us are lucky if we can squeeze in a quick workout in between naps and feedings, let alone do full-on training to try and qualify for a five-sport Olympic competition! And if that wasn't impressive enough -- Mickey trained for the entire duration of her pregnancy!


Geez! After hearing her story, I have to admit that I feel a little guilty for not getting off the couch a bit more while I was expecting. And even though she had some physical limitations when it came to training once she hit the seven month mark in her pregnancy -- would you believe that she was still swimming right up until her due date? I probably wouldn't have been able to get out of the pool without assistance during my last weeks of pregnancy, let alone actually swim laps!

And even though she had her hands full after her baby arrive, getting back into competition is something that Mickey truly wanted to do, and she gives all of the credit to the Army for her amazing return to the program.

If the Army didn't decide that they were going to keep me in WCAP and allow me to come back to training after I gave birth to my baby, I wouldn't be here right now, so I'm really fortunate.

As far as getting around the hurdles of what to do with her baby during competitions -- Mickey didn't even bat an eyelash. She simply brought her little girl along for the fun, and breastfed her in between each sporting event. Wow. Can you even begin to imagine how tiring that must have been? She's one dedicated lady, that's for sure. It's impossible not to be inspired by her amazing determination and commitment. If she wasn't afraid to pursue her dreams after having a baby, then none of us should be either.

Do you think you could handle this kind of training with a new baby?


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