By Chris Chase
As with all curling teams, Team Canada features five members. Well, six, if you really want to get technical with it.
Alternate Kristie Moore, 30, is 5½ months pregnant, making her just the second athlete ever known to be with child during Olympic competition. Ninety years ago, Swedish figure skater Magda Julin won a gold medal at the Antwerp Games while in her first trimester.
Though she is showing, Moore says that her pregnancy has not affected her ability to deliver rocks … yet. “[In] the eighth month or so, that might be an issue,” she said.
Moore found out about her pregnancy weeks before team officials invited her to join Team Canada as an alternate. When she divulged her secret, the team was more than supportive. Said team leader Cheryl Bernard, “she is young and fit. There’s no reason we’ll have any problems, and she’ll be out there.”
Barring unforeseen problems with the other four members of the team, it’s unlikely Moore will see any Olympic action. During competition her role as an alternate is much like a backup quarterback in football: She’ll be called on if needed. Moore has said that although she’d like to get out on the ice, doing so would mean having to play at the expense of someone else’s injury.
Team Canada is the gold-medal favorite in the women’s curling event, which begins Tuesday and runs through Friday of next week. Even if Moore doesn’t play, she will receive any medal Canada wins.