Watch out, world, there is a potential new star speedskater coming.
Four-time world champion long track skater Heather Bergsma announced on social media Saturday that she and husband Jorrit Bergsma, a three-time world champion from the Netherlands, are expecting their first child.
With a sign draped around the neck of dog Yuki, the Bergsmas said: “Mom & Dad are getting me a human.” Heather added in the tweet that “Yuki is excited to be a big brother #babybergsma.”
Heather, 29, and Jorrit, 32, were married in 2015 and have since lived and trained in the Netherlands. Heather hinted that news or this sort might be coming when she announced last month she is taking a two-year break from competitive speedskating and saying, “I do hope to start a family here soon with my husband, so we’ll see what happens.”
A native of High Point, North Carolina, Heather is coming off her third Olympic appearance and earning her first medal, a bronze in team pursuit, at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. She teamed with Brittany Bowe, Mia Manganello and Carlijn Schoutens to give the U.S. its first medal in women’s speedskating since the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
Her impressive resume includes 14 world championship medals and 86 world cup medals, 34 of them gold.
Jorrit won the gold in the 10,000-meter and the bronze in the 5,000 at the 2014 Sochi Games and silver in the 10,000 in PyeongChang. He has nine world championship medals: eight in the 5,000 and 10,000, as well as a team pursuit gold.