Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi is not your average momma-to-be. The Malaysian sharpshooter is competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, despite being eight months pregnant.
Taibi is also the first Malaysian woman rifle shooter to qualify for the Olympics, according to the New York Daily News, which is just as amazing as the fact that she'll be competing just weeks before she's due to deliver her baby.
Taibi didn't know if her Olympic dreams could become a reality after finding out she was pregnant, according to The Star:
When I found out that I was pregnant before competing in the Asian meet, I thought that that was the end of my Olympic dream as I will have to turn my attention to the baby. But when I eventually qualified for the 10m air rifle event on merit, it made me rethink that perhaps I am supposed to go all the way despite my pregnancy.
Apparently, having the extra girth and weight in the middle isn't a problem. Jezebel.com reports that Taibi says, "One advantage that I've seen is that my stability increased — maybe because my gravity increased, my weight increased."
Perhaps Taibi should have kept that little bit to herself. You never know when someone might call for an unfair advantage...
The Jezebel.com report also gives us this little bit of perspective:
The athlete's main concern about London 2012 isn't that she'll fail to place or that she'll go into labor before competing. It's that her unborn daughter's kicking will throw off her aim. Says Nur Suryani, "I will talk to her, say, ‘Mum is going to shoot just for a while. Can you just be calm?'"
Sharpshooting is a specialized sport. It isn't something that most people can do. It requires a steady hand, deep breathing and an eagle eye—traits that Taibi obviously has to have qualified for the Olympic team. As such, it's not out of the question that a few kicks at the wrong time could cause her to misfire.
Taibi will be one of the media darlings as a result of her historic achievements—both as the most pregnant woman in the history of the Olympics and as the first woman from Malaysia to qualify as a rifle shooter.