Watch This MIT Alum Do Gymnastics While Pregnant
Last week, The Cut featured 27-year-old Julia Sharpe, a woman who competes as an alumni member of the men’s MIT’s club gymnastics team.
But what makes Sharpe even more unique, is that her most recent competition happened just weeks after giving birth to twins. And a lot of her training happened while pregnant.
According to The Cut:
Sharpe has been doing gymnastics since she was 2, and as an undergraduate she was the Division III women’s national all-around champion twice before MIT ended its varsity program. After that, she joined the women’s club team. But when she realized that according to NAIGC (National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs) rules, she could compete for either gender — just not both — she switched to the men’s club to help bolster their numbers and pursue a new challenge. (Speaking of new challenges, Sharpe will be competing in the Pittsburgh qualifier of American Ninja Warrior on May 22.)
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Sharpe made it onto American Ninja Warrior:
Below, a video of Sharpe competing at the meet.