07/25/2012 03:56 pm ET | Updated Jul 27, 2012

Lashinda Demus, Track And Field 400m Hurdler, On Being An Olympic Mom [VIDEO]

By Danielle Elliot

Lashinda Demus is not shy about her initial reaction to her 2006 pregnancy. She was in her athletic prime, having made her Olympic debut in 2004 and expecting to compete for a medal in 2008. “I was shocked and angry,” she recalls. Once she saw the first sonogram, her attitude completely changed. She is now the proud mom to five-year-old twins Dontay and Duaine. After narrowly missing the team in 2008, she came back with a vengeance. She is favored to win gold in London.

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