Sarah Brown is attempting one of the most stunning doubles that a female athlete can complete: Have a baby, win an Olympic medal.
Step one is complete.
Brown and her husband, Darren, announced the birth of their daughter, Abigail Ann, in the early morning hours of March 4.
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Runners World expounded on Sarah’s uncommon path the Olympic Games.
Abigail’s arrival, more than two weeks ahead of her March 21 due date, gives her mother, who ran and cross trained throughout her pregnancy, a little extra time to recover and train for the trials.
Sarah and Darren, who also serves as her coach, could not figure out why Sarah’s 2015 track season suddenly went downhill. Then they learned that she was pregnant, despite having an intrauterine device.
Having a baby four months out is certainly a non-traditional approach to making an Olympic team, but Darren believes that if anyone can make the team off of a less-than-ideal buildup, it’s Sarah, because she’s had success coming off of extended periods of missed training in the past.
“I’ve seen her do a lot more with a lot less time,” Darren told Runner’s World by phone in September. “I know that if we just keep her healthy and we’re safe and cautious with this process, she’s going to come out the other end ready to fight, like she always has, and she’ll do something special.”