Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi has had quite a bit of life-changing news these past couple of months. Back in January, she discovered that she was pregnant, and two days later found out that she qualified to represent Malaysia in shooting at the 2012 Olympic Games.
In reaction to the news, Malaysian sporting officials were a little reluctant to let Nur Suryani compete in the Games. They claimed that the travel and stress might effect her health, and that the pregnancy would challenge her athletic performance.
Nur Suryani insisted that she would go, and since her doctor said the pregnancy wouldn't be a problem she said, ‘I got the qualification, so it's mine."
The gutsy lass is currently is ranked 47th in the world in the 10-meter air rifle event. And she even insists that pregnancy has actually improved her aim:
"One advantage that I've seen is that my stability increased — maybe because my gravity increased, my weight increased."
The athlete's main concern isn't that she'll fail to
place or that she'll go into labor before competing, but that her
unborn daughter's kicking will throw off her aim:
will talk to her, say, ‘Mum is going to shoot just for a while. Can you
just be calm? You are very lucky, you're not born yet and you already went to the Olympics.
At 8-months, Nur Suryani, might be the most pregnant woman to compete but she is not the first: a pregnant skeleton racer competed in the 2006 Winter Games; a pregnant curler competed in 2010; and a pregnant figure skater won a gold medal in Sweden in 1920.