US basketball star Candace Parker may have surprised her teammates and league officials when she announced she was pregnant three years ago, but she always knew motherhood was in her future — and that it would fit in with her career. She said:
Because I'm a mom, I think I'm going to be a better basketball player. Because I'm able to do both of these roles, I feel like I'm happy. ... I now know I have to work hard, because my daughter is going to be able to pull up YouTube in 16 years, and when I tell her she needs to get down in a stance on defense, she'll be like, 'Mom, but you weren't in a stance here on defense.' I feel even more of a responsibility to be a better basketball player for her.