Lindsay Flach had a secret when she headed into her third US Olympic trials. The 31-year-old heptathlete was 18 weeks pregnant.
"To be honest, I was going to the tryouts and I was trying to keep it on the down low, because I just wanted to finish my career on my terms," Ms Flanch told Today.
The heptathlon has seven different events - 100 metres hurdles, high jump, shot-put, 200 metres, long jump, javelin, and 800 metres - making it one of the most taxing events.
Lindsay Flach knew, going into the Olympic track and field Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, that she would not be able to compete at a level that would ensure a spot on the US Olympics team. But even just being able to participate was a big win for her.
"It was hard mentally because I knew I wasn't going to be able to compete at the level I was capable of 18 weeks ago, but I just wanted to prove what women are capable of," Ms Flach said to Yahoo News. "To end one chapter and begin another on my terms was amazing."
Reactions to her decision to participate despite being 18 weeks pregnant were varied on social media. While some hailed her a trailblazer and others applauded her for completing the event, a few raised concerns about the safety of competing while pregnant.
"I did have some negative reactions when I announced it," Ms Flach said. "You're risking the baby. Women shouldn't do this when they're pregnant. You're being selfish. You're taking someone else's spot.
Lindsay Flach placed 15th out of 18 at the trials.