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Gold Medalist Nia Ali Wants Wins After Baby to Inspire Female Athletes

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nia ali 2019 world hurdle champ with kids

nia ali 2019 world hurdle champ with kids

Motherhood took center stage again at the World Athletics Championships  when US Gold Medaling hurdler Nia Ali celebrated her win in the Women’s 100 meter hurdles with her two children 4-year-old son Titus and 16-month-old daughter Yuri  who joined her victory lap in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.

She is the latest among several elite Track and Field athletes this year and in recent years to have major comebacks after having a baby to win prizes and spots on top of the winners’ podium. Their wins echo the great successes of  FIFA World Cup champion US Women’s Soccer Team and new mom Tennis Champ Serena Williams proving that female athletes can do it all, despite some who insist they retire after motherhood.

Ali hopes her medals after baby sends a message to other female Track athletes.

nia ali with son 2016

In 2016, after winning the Silver Medal, Ali tlalked about  how men can build their families and continue training and  winning “without missing a beat”. She said she wants to encourage women to do the same and know that having a family “is also a very important part of  your life…it can also make you a stronger competitor” and “build your character.”

She added, of motherhood: “It has made me stronger, has given me more dedication, and who knows if I had this edge had I not had a child last  year….I want more women to embrace having a family and not look at it as a burden or it might throw them off their game, or they won’t come back.”

Boy has this crop of champions proven wrong the perception that mother hood is a career killer in track and field.

Felix, who became a mother last November, also won gold last weekend in the new event, mixed relay, and now has 13 total – two more than the record she shared with Jamaica’s Usain Bolt.

His country mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica also won two golds. China’s Liu Hong picked up a gold in the race walk and  Alysia Montano, a mother of two who was part of the Nike movement along with Felix, went to the Championships to collect two bronze medals reallocated to her following 2011 and 2013 doping scandals from 2011 and 2013.

“When I found out I was pregnant, I was a wreck… people asked me to retire gracefully,” Fraser-Pryce said in a post win interview.

In a new Associated Press article, Ali told one story about having to break from training in Europe recently so she could head home for a parent-teacher conference for Titus, who is in preschool.

“It was important for me to be there and get a good feel of what he’s going to have to go through this year,” Ali said.

Ali’s boyfriend is Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse.

Despite Tourrettes: How Soccer helped Tim Howard avoid childhood bullying

Yesterday, if you were watching and rooting for the United States as the team played Belgium in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup, you may be heartbroken to learn they lost. However, if you were watching the match, you might have seen the amazing 16 saves that goalie Tim Howard made all match. His 28 total saved for the entire tournament is the most for any goalie for all teams this year.
It’s a great feat for extra reasons. 
Howard, a fixture on the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) since 2007 had to overcome a life living with Tourettes Sydrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Fortunately for Howard, he didn’t have to deal with bullying too much because he was a big kid and he played sports. His athleticism made him popular and because of that, he wasn’t ostracized or treated as an outcast as much despite being different.  Howard said he dealt with the condition by internalizing it.
“If I was having a tough spot, one day, one week…I just went into my own shell, kept more to myself,” Howard said in the April/May issue of Neurology Now. “From the age of 9 to 15, it was just this chaos of different tics, and they were pretty strong. I would just begin to figure out how a tic worked with my body, and, bam, six months or a year later, a new tic would come…On the field I wasn’t Tim who had TS or Tim who had tics. I was Tim who scored goals or scored baskets or hit home runs.”
For Howard’s athletic prowess and being a role model by speaking out and in support and awareness of TS and showing by virtue of being a star this World Cup, he is a hero and role model.
For his leadership in sports today and way before most Americans started to really pay attention to this awesome athlete today, I’ve nominated him to be added to the celebrity division of a new Warner Brothers Consumer and DC Entertainment program Superman Hall of Heroes which empowers consumers to honor their personal heroes or those who have made a positive impact on their lives of the lives of others.
Surely, there are others who are not in the spotlight doing amazing things and not seeking recognition.
You can induct your very own personal or local hero.
Visitors to the site can select a package level starting at $24.95 which can include things like an inductee certificate or commemorative T-shirts, coffee and sports tumblers, baseball caps or golf towels  with the Superman logo on it.
It’s a cool idea and a perfect gift for a dad who has everything or to that selfless man in your life or community doing the darn thing and not expecting anything in return.

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World Cup: 5 Soccer-Themed Workout Videos for PostNatal Mom

If you just had a baby and have been cleared to start working out again, sometimes you cannot get out to go to the gym or go for a run. In honor of the 20140FIFA World Cup now going on, we found a few fun cardio, strength and tonight soccer-themed workouts that  you can do while baby is napping or playing comfortably nearby. Give them a try.

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