Babies won't slow Doans

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:13 PM ET

On her first Mother's Day, Catriona Le May Doan is thankful exhausting speed-skating training sessions are a thing of the past.

With one-year-old daughter Greta sapping all the extra energy from her and dad, Bart Doan, the World's Fastest Woman wouldn't even considered competing and parenting at the same time.

"She's still teething," said Catriona. "Sometimes you get up in the middle of the night and you're awake the rest of it. I can't imagine if I had a meet the next day."

That isn't to say Le May Doan is a stay-at-home mom. The two-time Olympic champion has several jobs, including working with the 2010 Olympic committee, liaison at the Olympic Oval, public speaking for special events and analysis for the CBC.

Like most female high-performance athletes, Le May Doan put starting a family on hold until her racing career was finished.

However, Bart's cousin and former U of C basketball star, Leighann Doan is about to have her first child.

And if all goes as planned, Leighann will return to professional basketball in France after the baby is born.

She's due next weekend.

Leighann and husband Chad Reimer moved back to Alberta this fall to open a Subway restaurant in Three Hills. The 26-year-old has yet to accomplish her basketball goals and will keep trying with a little one by her side.

"Once we didn't make the (2004) Olympics, I knew I didn't want to wait another four or five years to have children," said Leighann.

"Basketball is a huge part of my life but I still wanted to be young when I started a family."

When she returns to the court, Leighann knows it won't be easy juggling parenting and playing.

"It will be an adjustment but it's not impossible," Leighann said. "Physically, it will take a bit of work to get back."

Le May Doan is confident Leighann can succeed in her sport with her child around.

"I think we both feel -- a lot of women feel that way -- we want to be good parents but we want to do our own stuff," Le May Doan said.

"I think it makes me a better parent to Greta."


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