Shalane Flanagan has had some great moments in her life. She has an Olympic silver medal from the 10,000m at the Beijing Games, she became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years when she won the race in 2017 and yesterday she became a mom. Last night, Flanagan posted a photo of her new son, Jack Dean Edwards, on Instagram. She and her partner, Steven Edwards, welcomed Jack—who was born on April 28—into their family through adoption.
Flanagan and Edwards fostered two teenage girls after the Rio Olympics, both of whom were track athletes as well. She told Women’s Running Magazine that it was “one of the more rewarding and challenging adventures that I’ve taken on.” Now, they have taken on a new adventure with Jack, who is, Flanagan wrote on Instagram, “the greatest gift we have ever been given.”
Flanagan retired from professional running last fall and took on a coaching position with the Bowerman Track Club. She had a tremendous career as a runner, and she will likely enjoy a wonderful and successful time as a coach, but without a doubt, those achievements in sport will always take a backseat to her newest accomplishment of becoming a mom.