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Shooting for two

Pregnancy doesn't stop German archer Pfohl from competing in Athens

Posted: Friday August 20, 2004 3:53PM; Updated: Friday August 20, 2004 6:03PM
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Cornelia Pfohl is believed to be the first athlete to compete at the Olympics in the third trimester of pregnancy.
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Why change a good thing? German archer Cornelia Pfohl is seven months pregnant, but she has been through this before.

Pfohl, 33, was also two months pregnant with her daughter Mara during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where she won a bronze medal in the team event. She also competed on the German team that won a silver in 1996.

"I am used to the company," said Pfohl, a physical therapist from Berlin who is believed to be the first athlete to compete at the Olympics in the third trimester of pregnancy. "I carried a teammate once before and it was OK."

Pfohl says she has no additional medical personnel in Athens, apart from the German team doctor, and has not needed to change her technique because of the pregnancy. She was barely showing when she lost in the round of 16 at the Games on Tuesday, and said she surprised her teammates when she told them she was pregnant two weeks ago.

"It is good now because everyone looks after me and wants to carry my equipment," says Pfohl, who stands 5-foot-9 and normally weighs 134 pounds.

After the German squad lost to Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals on Friday, Pfohl said she plans to retire. Still, she jokes that "with this kind of support, maybe I will try this again."

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