, a heptathlon competitor at this year's US Olympic
trials, announced on Instagram
on Saturday that she is 18 weeks pregnant.
Flach, 31, competed in heptathlons at the Olympic trials in 2012 and 2016, and she teased this year's competition with photos
of her baby bump.
She wrote on Instagram, "The secret is no longer a secret."
“Every story has an end, but every end in life is a new beginning.”
Lindsay Schwartz Flach (@lcschwartz22) shared this on Instagram.
The heptathlon is one of the most demanding track and field
events, with seven distinct competitions: the 100-meter hurdles
, high jump, shot put, 200-meter sprint
, long jump
, javelin throw, and 800-meter run.
On Sunday, record heat at the Eugene, Oregon
, track facility forced officials to postpone the day's events until the evening. Flach competed in every event and finished 100 meters
of the 800-meter run, finishing 15th out of the 18 heptathlon competitors who started.
Lindsay Flach, who was competing in the #TrackFieldTrials21 heptathlon at 18 weeks pregnant, intentionally ran only 100 meters of the 800m to close out her Olympic Trials because it's nearly 100 degrees in Eugene right now. Her high jumping was particularly impressive! pic.twitter.com/TbT6DTesFD — Fast Women
(@fast_women) June 28, 2021
Flach's achievement on Sunday added her name to a growing list of female athletes who have competed at the highest levels while pregnant, including Serena Williams
, who revealed she was pregnant while winning the Australian
Open that year.
Williams' candor inspired some female athletes, including pregnant women, to defy gendered expectations of their bodies, and she also drew attention to other athletes who had previously done the same.