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In a League of Their Own: 13 Athlete Moms

Celebrating mothers who run, dribble, and volley.

Being a mom is full-time job with demanding hours — both physically and mentally. Combine that with the competitive grind of professional sports and you’ve got a grueling schedule requiring focus and fortitude. These women make it look easy.

KIM CLIJSTERS Al Bello/Getty Images KIM CLIJSTERS The now-retired professional tennis player won four Grand Slam singles titles, two of them coming after giving birth to her daughter, Jada. PAULA RADCLIFFE Porter Binks/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images PAULA RADCLIFFE The world champion British runner won the 2007 New York City Marathon less than 10 months after giving birth to daughter Isla. SERENA WILLIAMS Richard Shiro/Getty Images SERENA WILLIAMS Then 35-year-old Serena Williams was eight weeks pregnant when she beat sister Venus in the final of the 2017 Australian Open to take home her Open Era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title. The superstar mom returned to the court just five months after giving birth to daughter Alexis and hopes to play in her 30th career Grand Slam this summer. LISA LESLIE Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images LISA LESLIE After taking a year off to have her first child, Lauren, in 2007, the three-time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold medal winner returned to play two more seasons for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2008 and 2009. KERRI WALSH JENNINGS Cameron Spencer/Getty Images KERRI WALSH JENNINGS The beach volleyball star won three consecutive Olympic gold medals alongside teammate Misty May-Treanor, the last coming at the 2012 London Games while she was five weeks pregnant with third child Scout. MIA HAMM Robert Laberge/Getty Images MIA HAMM Women's soccer legend Mia Hamm and her husband, former MLB player Nomar Garciaparra, welcomed twin girls, Grace and Ava, in 2007 and son Garrett five years later. TINA THOMPSON Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty Images TINA THOMPSON The WNBA’s all-time leading scorer and a two-time Olympic gold medalist returned to the court just two months after giving birth to her son, Dyllan, in 2005. DARA TORRES Jamie Squire/Getty Images DARA TORRES Fifteen months after the 2007 birth of daughter Tessa, Torres returned to the pool, taking home three silver medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics. JENNIE FINCH Icon Sports Wire/Corbis via Getty Images JENNIE FINCH The former star softball pitcher welcomed her first of three children, son Ace, in 2006, two years before leading the United States to silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. CANDACE PARKER Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images CANDACE PARKER After a dominant first season in 2008, in which she became the first in WNBA history to win both the Rookie of the Year and the Most Valuable Player awards in the same season, Parker gave birth to daughter, Lailla. JENNY POTTER Genevieve Ross/Getty Images JENNY POTTER In 2007, just three months after having her second child, Maddy, Potter returned to the ice to help the USA win a silver medal at the World Championships. CHRISTIE PEARCE Rich Lam/Getty Images CHRISTIE PEARCE In the final season of her 18-year international career, the mother of two daughters, Rylie and Reece, captained the U.S. Women's National team to victory in the 2015 World Cup. LINDSAY DAVENPORT AFP/Getty Images LINDSAY DAVENPORT Three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport is the mother of two children, the second, daughter Lauren, coming shortly before her retirement in 2010.