PIC: Olympic Skater Hits Ice Just 4 Months After Giving Birth
Talk about a comeback!
Olympic ice dancer Isabelle Delobel competed at the Vancouver Olympics just four months after welcoming her baby girl, Lois.
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The French competitor, 31, and her partner Olivier Schoenfelder, 32, were 2008 world champions, but have come n sixth place at the three ice dancing events this year, including Monday night's free dance. (Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White came in third Monday behind Canada and Russia.)
Still, Delobel is thrilled to be back in fighting form. Losing the 20 pounds of baby weight "was the most work, the hardest work I did all my life," she told the Washington Post.
Delobel worked with trainers and continued to skate while pregnant. But she had to cut jumps and quick turns in case she fell.
Lois was born on Oct. 1 (dad is Olympic-bronze medalist Ludovic Roux, whom she wed the summer of 2009), and Delobel was back on the ice three weeks later.
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"Of course there is some frustration," Schoenfelder told the Post. "You want to go fast and you can't because you have to go step by step."
Still, she calls giving birth "the best event in your life -- different than the Olympics. It gives me serenity."
Schoenfelder isn't too torn up about not getting a medal this year in Vancouver.
"We came here just to say the best goodbye we can," Schoenfelder said. "But there is no big pressure because we just want to have fun."