- Alysia Montano, an American Olympian, in 2014, ran in the US Track and Field Championships while she was eight months pregnant
- The Olympian did the same thing when carrying her second child as she had to run with a 5-month-old pregnancy
- Alysia said she had to do that so that she would not lose sponsorship from the brand she was signed to
Acts from people like Alysia Montano keep pushing up the standard for greatness. The American Olympian wowed the world when she raced during pregnancy.
According to Daily Mail, she was eight months old pregnant when she participated in the 2014 US Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California.
Alysia repeated the same feat in 2017 when she was five months gone with her son, Aster. During one of her interviews with the media, she said female athletes are very much discriminated against.
She added that being pregnant for a female athlete is like “a kiss of death” to their career.
"Being pregnant is the kiss of death for your career, and it's all masked by empowering messages telling you that there are no limits to your potential,” she said.
Alysia said that when she ran during pregnancy, she did not do so willingly, but had to because she needed insurance to take care of her unborn child as athletes rely so much on sponsorship.
“I wasn't running at eight months pregnant for attention, I was running because I needed that health insurance to care for my unborn child
“We run because we have mouths to feed... There's no choice but to run. But at what cost?” she asked.
That unfair treatment made her leave Nike and sign with Asics, a brand that still pay their sponsored athletes even during pregnancy.
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