If you're anything like us, you think all moms (biological or otherwise) are champions. Let's celebrate the power of mothers and motherhood by shining a light on 9 incredible athlete moms who are champions on the field and off the field.
1. Alyson Felix - Track and Field
Allyson Felix is a powerhouse with a storied 19 year career in track and field. She holds the title for the most decorated woman in Olympic track and field history, and the most decorated American athlete in Olympic track and field history. Since having her daughter in 2018, she has since become a fierce advocate for women’s and maternal health, as well as for athlete moms after experiencing pregnancy and motherhood-related discrimination while re-negotiating her contract. She also won bronze at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, and has founded her own shoe company, which has a policy to send new shoes to women whose feet have changed in size due to pregnancy.
2. Serena Williams - Tennis
Serena Williams is a force in the world of tennis. One of her feats is that she competed and won the 2017 Australian Open championship while she was two months pregnant with her now 5-year-old daughter, Olympia. She has also reached four major championship round finals and has launched a variety of business ventures since becoming a mother.
3. Alex Morgan - Soccer
San Diego Wave and U.S. National Team member Alex Morgan had her daughter Charlie in spring 2020. She was an instrumental part of the U.S. 2019 and 2015 World Cup winning squads as well as the 2012 Olympic gold medal team. After giving birth, she trained to get back to soccer and played on the U.S. Women’s team at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics where they took home the bronze medal. Morgan has also managed to launch several successful business since becoming a mother. I meannn... LFG, right?
4. Kerri Walsh Jennings - Beach Volleyball
Kerri Walsh Jennings is one of the most decorated female athletes ever with 3 Olympic gold medals, 1 Olympic bronze medal, and is the leader in beach volleyball career victories. She played in the 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball final, winning her third gold medal while 5 weeks pregnant. She gave birth to her third child, daughter Scout Montgomery in April 2013. Ace!
5. Dara Torres - Swimming
Olympic swimmer Dara Torres gave birth to her daughter in 2006. After debating whether or not to come back to professional swimming, Torres returned, qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the age of 41. She competed in the finals and won three silver Olympic medals. Altogether that puts her at a whopping 12x Olympic medalist!
6. Candace Parker - Basketball
Candace Parker has been a star athlete in the WNBA since she was a consensus first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. After giving birth to her daughter in 2009, she has continued to rack up accomplishments in her career, winning two WNBA championship titles (2016, 2021), gaining the title of WNBA MVP for the second time (2013) after earning it in 2008 before becoming a mom, and becoming a six-time WNBA all star and 2020 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. Sheeeeesh!
7. Crystal Dunn - Soccer
Crystal Dunn, professional soccer player with a World Cup, two National Women’s Soccer League titles and an overall incredible career, is expecting a child this spring and is continuing to train with her team, The Portland Thorns, into the third trimester of her pregnancy. She also won this year’s Concacaf award for Women’s Player of the Year, and has her eyes set on playing in the 2023 World Cup.
8. Dana Vollmer - Swimming
Three time Olympian Dana Vollmer became the first American swimmer to win a gold medal after giving birth in 2016 when she won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Rio Olympics. She also competed in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series while six months pregnant. Yes, we said six months.
9. Alysia Montaño - Track and Field
Montaño famously ran the 2014 USA Track & Field outdoor championships in the 800 meters while she was EIGHT months pregnant. She proudly showed off her pregnant belly while running her race with a top that did not cover her entire stomach, showing the world that being a professional athlete and a mom are not mutually exclusive.
There are SO many incredible female athletes who have accomplished so much both before and after becoming a mom. We celebrate every single mom out there for all that she is and all that she does!
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