Delobel gives birth to baby boy
World ice dance champion names son Lois
|Isabelle Delobel and partner Olivier Schoenfelder plan to resume training for the Olympics as soon as Delobel is up to it. (Getty Images)|
The ice dance powerhouse had many interruptions in her training. After winning all three of their Grand Prix assignments and the Grand Prix Final in 2008, Delobel injured her shoulder during the gala exhibition at the GP Final. She had to undergo a lengthy operation and a six-week rehabilitation process forcing them to withdraw from the rest of the season -- missing both the European and world championships.Just as her shoulder began to heal and Delobel resumed training, she learned of her pregnancy. "However unexpected the news came," said Delobel in an interview with icenetwork.com in April. "I can assure you that I never thought this would force me to stop skating. You know, those pregnant woman's wishes ... They are just like the will for a special victory."
According to family sources, the delivery process went smoothly. In order to prevent lengthy rehabilitation, Delobel elected to wait for the delivery to take place naturally, she could hence resume skating after a few days of rest.
This season will be Delobel and Schoenfelder's 20th season competing together.
"Skating together for so long should help them for sure", their coach Muriel Boucher Zazoui commented.
Jean-Christophe Berlot contributed to this story