Olympic champion Nicola Spirig expects her third child
Triathlon Olympic champion Nicola Spirig is expecting her third child in April 2019 and is planning to participate in her fifth Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo.
The 2018 season was short for Nicola Spirig, but extremely successful. The 2012 Olympic Triathlon Champion was European Champion in Glasgow for the sixth time and also demonstrated with her victory at the World Cup race in Lausanne, that she still belongs to the absolute world elite.
The next target for Spirig, after winning a Olympic Gold in 2012 and Silver in 2016, is a fifth Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo: "Tokyo is my big goal. I still have a lot of motivation and passion for my sport and would like to compete again for a medal in Tokyo.
However, growing her family with her husband Reto Hug has not yet been completed: "If we had waited until Tokyo, the gap to our first-born would have been eight or even more years. In addition, I would then be 38 years old, at an age that would also entail risks for the baby in the event of pregnancy. Therefore, we wished for a third child at an earlier stage.”
After a miscarriage in spring 2018, the family of four is now looking forward even more to a new addition to the family. "We are indescribably happy and very much looking forward to our third child. I have always stressed that my family is more important to me than my sporting career and that it is my first priority. I have also always said that I consider it a great privilege to be able to and allowed to combine family and top-class sport. This has not changed." Nicola Spirig is very satisfied with the past season, in which she was able to collect important points for the Olympic qualification and lay a foundation for the path to Tokyo 2020.
The silver medallist of the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio will accept the challenge thanks to the support of her family and will continue to pursue her goal of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with commitment and consistency. "If everything goes according to plan, then I will compete again in autumn 2019 and therefore be able to tackle the second half of the Olympic qualification and the build for Tokyo. But first we are looking forward to a little more family time and to getting to know our new family member at the end of April".