Sasha Cohen waves to the crowd at the Olympic Winter Games Turin 2006 on Feb. 21, 2006 in Turin, Italy.
Sasha Cohen, whose 2006 Olympic silver medal remains the last by an American in women’s figure skating, announced her engagement to Geoffrey Lieberthal on Oct. 18, and over the weekend they announced their family is already growing.
“Geoff and I are so excited to welcome a little one into the world!” she wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “Thank you to everyone in our lives for making today such a memorable one.”
In the corresponding photo, the two-time Olympic figure skater is holding a giant balloon that spells “Baby,” while happily showing off her growing baby bump.
Cohen, 35, confirmed to TeamUSA.org that she is due Jan. 8.
The Newport Beach, California, native broke out in the elite figure skating world in 2002, when she finished fourth in the women’s competition at the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002 at age 17. She went on to compete in five world championships, medaling three times, and also captured the Olympic silver medal in 2006 in Torino.
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After retiring from the sport, Cohen attempted to come back and qualify for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver but fell short after finishing fourth at that year’s national championships.
Since retiring from the sport again, Cohen has made her home in New York City. She graduated from Columbia in 2016 and told TeamUSA.org earlier this year that she works in disruptive change, an industry that looks for new markets for businesses to enter into or innovate within.
In recent weeks, the former figure skater has had lots to celebrate in her personal life.
According to Cohen’s Instagram posts, Lieberthal, who works in private equity, dropped to a knee to propose last month in Jardin des Tuileries, a public garden in Paris. A few days later, she posted a photo from her birthday celebration.
“I feel incredibly grateful to celebrate my birthday this year with good friends and my fiancé,” she wrote. “I think I’m a little wiser, more resilient and closer to figuring out (and prioritizing) the things that really matter in life. Wishing this next year is as good as the last.”
Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic and Paralympic movements for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.