You’re probably thinking no woman would ever opt to be bobber
in uncertain waters while there’s a bun baking in her oven. But be glad you didn’t
bet your last pair of maternity pants on it—because a woman did just that while
pregnant. Very pregnant.
Emily Jackson, 23, is due with her first child on July 19, Sports Illustrated
reports. She entered—and walked off with the trophy in—the last two U.S. tour
events as the Women’s World Kayaking Champion. They included a showdown at the
Payette River Games, which were held in Cascade, Idaho. Braving the notoriously rough waters there, she
paddled forward, upward and onward, to victory.
OK, so it’s not what most of us would do, but reading
Jackson’s mini-bio on her site, jacksonkayak.com, it’s easy to see she has an
infinite amount of passion for her sport. “I love the freedom kayaking gives
you, whether it’s taking you to a new place, introducing you to new people, or
simply taking away all other thoughts from the day,” she writes. Thoughts like how much
she’d like to simply relax in a recliner while watching a rerun of The Bachelor. No, wait, that’s us.