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Heptathlete Lindsay Flach competed in U.S. Olympic track and field trials while pregnant: 'No secret anymore'

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 6/29/2021 Christian Ortega, USA TODAY
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Lindsay Flach traveled to compete at the track and field Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon with a secret. 

The 31-year-old heptathlete was 18 weeks pregnant. 

"This one looks a little different," Flach wrote on Instagram about her pregnancy. "The secret is no secret anymore." 

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The heptathlon's seven varied competitions – the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter sprint, long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run – make the event one of the most taxing in track and field. 

a woman standing on a court: Lindsay Flach walks from the track after the Women's Heptathlon 800 Meters during day ten of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials. © Cliff Hawkins, Getty Images Lindsay Flach walks from the track after the Women's Heptathlon 800 Meters during day ten of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials.

“It was hard mentally because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to compete at the level I was capable of 18 weeks ago, but I just wanted to prove what women are capable of,” Flach told Yahoo Sports

She previously competed for a spot on the 2012 and 2016 Olympic heptathlon teams. Flach finished second at the 2018 USA Outdoor Championships. 

“My pregnancy was very rough to start,” Flach said. “I had about 12 weeks of bad vomiting, which affected my training. If the Olympic Trials were three weeks ago, I don’t know that I would have been there, but I started to feel better and I was able to get some really good practices in.”

In college at the University of South Alabama, Flach was a two-time second-team All-American in the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. She won the heptathlon at the Sun Belt Conference Championships each of her last three years in college. She also played volleyball at South Alabama. 

Record heat on Sunday forced track officials to postpone the day's events until the evening. Flach competed in every event and finished 100 meters of the 800-meter run. She placed 15th out of 18. 

Flach joined the list of elite female athletes who have competed while pregnant. Serena Williams won her seventh Australian Open while pregnant in 2017. 

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