Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen is pregnant and will not compete this year.
“Just kind of take this year a little bit easier,” Jorgensen said in videos posted on Facebook on Thursday. “I’m going to swim, bike, run as much as I can, but I don’t really know how much I can do.”
The baby is due Aug. 3, according to Jorgensen’s social media, and hopes to return to competition as quickly as possible after the birth. The international triathlon season runs from March through mid-September.
Jorgensen, 30, became the first U.S. Olympic triathlon champion in Rio after going in as the heavy favorite.
She has said for months that she planned to take time off to have a baby before returning to defend her Olympic title at Tokyo 2020, and Tokyo is still the goal.
Swiss Nicola Spirig, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2016 silver medalist, is reportedly expecting a child in May.
In Jorgensen and Spirig’s absences, the top triathletes going into the season are defending world champion Flora Duffy of Bermuda, U.S. Olympians Katie Zaferes and Sarah True and Britons Vicky Holland and Helen Jenkins.
Jorgensen’s last competition was the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, when she finished 14th in her first running race longer than 10 miles.
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