2012 Summer Olympics

Pregnant Olympian Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi Proves Anything Is Possible

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 25:  A heavily pregnant Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi of Malaysia poses during a Shooting Preview at the Royal Artillery Barracks on July 25, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2012

Malaysian rifle specialist Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi is the most pregnant woman to ever compete in the Olympics, and her resolve to compete in the 2012 Summer Games proves that nothing is impossible.

Jezebel.com reports: "she, at 8-months, will be the most pregnant woman to compete."

That's right. Eight. Months.

Taibi found out she was pregnant just two days before her Olympic trials back in January, according to the Star, and she didn't think she'd be able to compete:

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.

You may think that her baby bump (well, it's slightly more than a bump, at eight months) would be a huge disadvantage. Apparently, that's not the case. According to the Jezebel.com report, she says, "One advantage that I've seen is that my stability increased—maybe because my gravity increased, my weight increased."

Her biggest worry is that her baby will kick at just the wrong time and cause her shot to go awry. 

All I know is that this woman is one tough cookie. She travelled halfway across the world to compete in the most prestigious athletics competition the world has to offer.

Her courage and resolve are admirable. Her fortitude is astounding. I've never been a fan of watching events like shooting, but I'll be tuning in to watch Taibi give it her best shot this year when she competes in London.

Anything is possible. Taibi is a shining example of what a person can do when they put their mind to it.

 

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