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By Kate Goodin
Many athletes in the summer Olympics are also parents. You'd think the craziness of raising children (combined with their intense training) would make for some weary Olympians, but, according to the New York Times, it could be the opposite: some athletes have found they're faster and stronger post-baby.
A sports medicine specialist quoted in the Times said there's no chemical process or bodily change from pregnancy that builds muscle or endurance-but picking up, holding, and chasing after little human beings probably does the trick. Chaunté Lowe, the US Olympics trials champ in the high jump, said that she can lift more now that she's a mom: "Before the birth, the highest weight I could squat was 225 pounds. But now I can squat a lot more than that." Lowe can also run faster: she clocked in half a second faster in her 100m race than she did in college.
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