No doubt Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi will have butterflies in her stomach like many Olympians when she competes in London this year, but her flutters will be unique in that they’ll be of the fetal variety.
Very few Olympians have been pregnant while they competed and Nur Suryani is likely to break the record for being the most advanced at eight months. Officials were more worried about her ability to make the long flight than it interfering with the 10-meter air rifle event, in which she is ranked 47th internationally, but doctors gave her the go-ahead, and Olympic-bound she is.
According to the New York Times:
Nur Suryani has a solution when she steps onto the rifle range in London: “I will talk to her, say, ‘Mum is going to shoot just for a while. Can you just be calm?”’
For those who may still harbor doubts, her response is one expected of a true Olympian:
“For me nothing is impossible,” she said. “It’s one of the challenges. If I abandoned it, maybe who knows? Another four years to wait, maybe I don’t have the opportunity.”
Some of those who do have faith in her sure have a funny way of showing their support, though:
On a recent trip to the supermarket, she said, a man working at the store told her she walked “like a gangster, not like a mum, so I believe you can do it.”
Well, it’s better than being told you walk like a duck, but not as good as being told you walk like a champ.
Giving it her best shot.
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