Zelinka, fiance expecting baby

STEVE COAD, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Jessica Zelinka will soon be applying her skills as a heptathlete -- running, jumping and throwing -- to a whole new purpose.

Motherhood.

The 27-year-old London native and Beijing Olympian said this weekend she's pregnant and that she and fiance Nathaniel Miller are expecting their first child on June 1.

"I'm excited, I'm very excited," Zelinka said through a joyful laugh from Calgary.

She doesn't know the baby's gender and "I don't want to know till it comes. I want to be surprised."

Miller? "He knows. The doctor told him, but I've sworn him to secrecy -- both with me and with everyone else.

"He's super-pumped to be a father."

Zelinka, the Pan-American Games gold medallist in heptathlon in 2007, said she and Miller plan to marry sometime next year and she intends to resume training in time to compete in the Commonwealth Games in India in 2010.

Her baby timing is right on, she said.

"It's the first year after the Olympics and the next big competition, the Commonwealth Games, isn't till almost the end of 2010.

"So I'll have lots of time to get ready."

While track and field isn't on her mind a lot these days, Zelinka, a four-time Canadian champion, said she'll transfer some her athletic skills, mental and physical, to motherhood.

"I will try not worry about things I have no control over, I'll try to focus on the moment and, as an athlete, you just learn how to get things done," she said.

Until Zelinka's return to Calgary late last week, she and Miller had been living in Barcelona, where he is a professional water polo player. A longtime national team star, Miller, a 29-year-old Montreal native, competed for Canada in Beijing as well.

Miller's season in Barcelona is over, the result of a broken left arm sustained during practice. It's the second time this season he's fractured the arm.

Meanwhile, Zelinka, who finished fifth in the heptathlon in Beijing with a personal best score of 6,490 points, is prepping for motherhood.

"It's coming -- soon," she said. "I'm focusing on the pregnancy. I'm not thinking about track and field. And after the baby comes, it's all baby.

"I'm learning really quickly, reading everything I can get my hands on. Nathaniel is, too.

"I have no idea what to expect -- this is all new to me -- so I'm just trying to be prepared as possible."

Zelinka said she'll have the baby in Calgary, her training base, but will spend several weeks in London this summer. Her sister Andrea is getting married in August.

"It will be good to have my parents (Marianne and Richard) around to help with the baby," she said with a laugh.


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