ParentDish Olympics Update: Babies, Dads, Cigars and Beer

Filed under: In The News, Sports

Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin, Kim St-Pierre and Charline Labonte drink beer on the ice with their gold medals after Canada defeated the USA in women's Olympic hockey final game on Feb. 25, 2010. Credit: Scott Gardner, The Canadian Press / AP

The Olympics are almost over and it seems like every day brings more parenting-related stories. Here are a few more before the Games wrap up on Sunday.

  • Of the four woman on Russia's gold medal winning biathlon relay team, three are moms. Team member Olga Zaitseva tells the AFP news service that giving birth to her son, Alexander, in 2007, has helped her as an athlete. Zaitseva also suggests that perhaps her team's competition should do some spawning, too. "I would recommend to the French and German team as well, don't be afraid, go ahead and have babies -- and get better in sports." Russian biathlete Anna Boulygina tells AFP she thinks "children are the main thing women are designed to do." Well, that and skiing while shooting a rifle.
  • The Web site Slate points out that "the words father, dad, and son were uttered a staggering 47 times between Friday and Sunday" on NBC's Olympics coverage. Granted, one of those mentions was coverage of a story that we liked as well, that of Apolo Ohno being raised by a single dad.


Related: 2010 Olympics Discussion Topics -- Speed, Sex and Soul Patches

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