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Most Powerful Moms in Sports

February 12, 2010

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="202" caption="U.S. Open Champion Kim Clijsters"][/caption] Working Mother has just named the Most Powerful Moms in Sports, from U.S. Open champ Kim Clijsters to co-owner of the Colorado Rockies Linda Alvarado. Olympic ice skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi is also named among their Celebrity Moms, and both features prove that motherhood doesn’t mean the end of being a tough woman (for many, it’s just the beginning). Here’s an excerpt from Yamaguchi’s in-depth interview with Working Mother: “I want to be there for my kids. My priorities have changed drastically, and I’m lucky I was ready for that. I’d done everything I ever wanted to do in skating. I’d toured with Stars on Ice for ten years. I was ready to hang up the skates, unpack my suitcase and not pack it for a very long time...After the first one is born, you think the second one will be the same—but she’s not. Keara is very social, outgoing and adaptable. I see a lot of myself in Emma. She’s Mommy’s girl, like I was. She’s a little shy in social situations until she gets comfortable. Keara is more artistic. She loves imaginary play. Emma has really good athletic ability. She’s physically tough.” Read the rest here. All hail mom athletes! For further reading on women and sports, check out Leslie Von Pless’s post on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. UPDATE: From skeleton racer Noelle Pikus Pace to hockey player Jenny Potter, check out Working Mother's feature on 2010 Winter Olympics Mom Athletes!