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    Delobel/Schoenfelder News-Isabelle is Pregnant

    Quite a few reports in the French media that Isabelle is expecting a baby this fall. I wonder if this is a. true? and b. means the end of their competitive career? According to FFSG, there was a press conference earlier today.

    Assuming this is indeed true, I hope all goes well for her with the pregnancy and the birth.
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    Isabelle Delobel to be a mum!

    Isabelle Delobel has announced her pregnancy! She is due in September. Congratulations to her!

    http://www.leparisien.fr/sports/autr...009-488333.php

    Sorry, it's in french. It basically just says that Isabelle is pregnant and due in September. She and Olivier still have a goal of Olympic Gold in Vancouver. That's pretty much the gist of it.

    What does this mean for their season though? She won't be able to train 100% for awhile before the delivery and probably after as well (definitely not if she has a c-section!). To be honest, I don't see it affecting them too much, but you never know, especially considering her surgery.

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    Congratulations to Isabelle but seriously still thinking that the Olympic podium is a possibility must surely be comlpetely out?

    She's due in Septemeber so she's four months pregnant. Her centre of gravity will be seriously skewed already so surely training seriously is out of the question. If the baby is not due til september (and it doesn't say when in september) they will surely not have enough training time to get up to scratch for the Olympics?

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    Congrats to Isabelle this is wonderful news!!

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    Congrats to her. But I have to agree with everyone....how can you train seriously for the Olympics.....during pregnancy and right after with a newborn at home. I would think that the Grand Prix series is out for them!!

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    Well congratulations to her! Might that have been the reason of their withdrawing from worlds? And yeah, the timing is a little bit weird... I can't see them win the Olympics now... I know they had a lot of doubt after their World title whether to go on or not... Ah well, I hope they'll still compete next season, but it seems so unlikely... She won't be able to train for months and months.

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    wow. this is really surprising. They are one of the favorites going into Vancover. I can't help but think that she could not have been planning on this happening. With the baby due in early fall, they could still skate in vancover, but won't be nearly as prepared as they should be for the olympics.

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    They will have been off the ice for most of the year preceding the Olympics: January to April (due to shoulder surgery); July through October (third trimester through birth and recovery). Training during the early months of pregnancy will have to be limited, and they'll have just about 3 months after birth and recovery to train at full strength before the Olympics.

    Their chances to medal at the Olympics seem iffy at best.

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    While this is great news, the timing seems a tad off. I wonder what her partner thinks.

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    I imagine this wasn't planned because the timing is really not ideal for her and Olivier to be in top shape for Olys. It would be really hard to combine caring for an infant with the kind of training needed to be medal contenders. But I'm sure Isabelle and her partner are happy and looking forward to being parents - according to this story, they plan to marry in June - and that she and Olivier will do their best to be prepared for Vancouver.

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    OMG. I'm of course happy for her and her partner and hope all for the best but - that is the worst possible timing.
    Jeez, isn't it almost impossible to be really prepared to win an OGM. Seriously, I don't have much hope that it is going to work... Couldn't it have happened one year later...?
    Anyway, congrats to Isabelle!

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    Seriously, after the judging done at Worlds, will it really matter if they're not at 100%? Seems to me that if the judges want them on the podium, that's where they'll be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammi View Post
    Seriously, after the judging done at Worlds, will it really matter if they're not at 100%? Seems to me that if the judges want them on the podium, that's where they'll be.
    Exactly my thoughts. Even if they don't skate flawlessly or have a lot of time to train, will it really matter if they have already been "chosen" for the podium? And this is ice dancing. While it's obviously very difficult, it's not like she's going to have to worry about maintaining triple jumps or anything through a pregnancy.

    Congratulations to Isabelle! I feel a bit bad for Olivier, as I'm sure he wasn't expecting this at all during the Olympic season, but I think they'll be okay. Who knows though.

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    I hope she doesnt get the "baby blues" after delivery. And what about breastfeeding? I hope she just enjoys her pregnancy and her baby. It would not be the end of the world if they did not compete.

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    Well, it was nice seeing on the competitive ice D/S. Take care of your baby. That should be your priority.

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