Maternity leave for athletes? Just do It


Olympic runner Alysia Montaño had accomplished all her dreams but one: being a mum. When she finally went for it, she faced her biggest challenge yet — her sponsors.

Alysia Montaño is a six-time USA Outdoor champion.

She gained huge notoriety in 2014 when she competed in a race while eight months' pregnant.

Like other track athletes, she isn't paid a salary by a league. Instead income for track athletes comes almost exclusively from sponsorship deals signed with companies like Nike and Asics.

But for pro athletes who want to have a child, the decision means they could lose their sponsorship.

Montaño believes it's time companies started walking the talk, and change their policies around female athletes and pregnancy.

Source The New York Times