Professional athletes are constantly encouraged to push boundaries, to break records, and dream bigger. Except, as Alysia Montano found out, when it comes to one particular area. This video explores how Montano defied expectations and helped create a new world for female athletes everywhere. “Being a mother and a champion was a crazy dream,” the video explains. “But it didn’t have to be. Olympic runner Alysia Montano had accomplished all her dreams but one: being a mom. When she finally went for it, she faced her biggest challenge yet — her sponsors. When Montano approached her sponsor to announce her pregnancy, they told her that they would just pause her contract. She famously ran a national championship and eight months pregnant to prove that pregnant women could compete. Now, she’s speaking out so that no one has to suffer like she did.”
In an industry that treats pregnancies like injuries — and forces women into non-disclosure agreements that stifle change — Montano demanded more. You can see her story in this video from The New York Times:
Athletes are taught to be limitless — but then huge restraints and impossible choices are forced on female athletes. Montano has been leading a revolution — and athletes, mothers, and women everywhere have a lot to thank her for.