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Townsend, Saugstad Announce Pregnancy; Unborn Child Already Leg Pressing 400 Lbs

Mother-to-be, Elyse Saugstad, said to consume upwards of 20,000 calories a day to sustain the child’s development

Skilebrity couple Cody Townsend and Elyse Saugstad debuted their long-term retirement plan by sharing their pregnancy announcement via Instagram this week.

The post showcased a bikini-glad Saugstad six months pregnant, her baby bump almost unnoticeable next to her python biceps.

The duo shared the happy news while on vacation in Greece, the first example of how the parents-to-be are expected to afford an increased quality of life once their retirement plan is born. Sources close to the family say ski sponsors are already vying for contracts with the child still in utero.

“Elyse and Cody seem very happy and very excited about becoming parents—and finally being able to rely on someone else financially,” a source close to the family told SKI exclusively.

As a member of big mountain skiing’s elite professional tier, Saugstad is accustomed to lavish gifts, expensive cars, and luxury homes.

“Ensuring our future stability with a resource that can be relied upon for exponential returns as soon as it learns to walk is simply smart financial planning,” she says. “Unless it does something risky, like learn to play football.”

Early ultrasound photos that SKI obtained show the child began a rigorous bodyweight and cardio training program as early as the first trimester, requiring Saugstad to consume upwards of 20,000 calories a day to sustain the child’s development.

Saugstad, a third-generation Alaskan, became one of the best women downhill racers in the country at the age of 16 before switching gears to win the 2008 Freeride World Tour Overall Champion title. She has a long list of film credits and awards to her name, including Freeskier Magazine’s “2018 Female Skier of the Year,” and “Best Female Performance” at the Powder Awards in 2013 and 2018. Named one of ESPN’s “Top 50 Women in Action Sports” in 2014, Saugstad married Townsend—also a professional skier best known for being Elyse’s husband—in 2011.

The world’s top obstetricians, geneticists, and sports medicine professionals are gathering in Geneva this week for an emergency meeting to discuss the potential of the unborn baby and to safely deliver an infant with 36-inch quads.

SKI was able to acquire emails sent between two of the summit’s organizers who have already begun to discuss the impact of the child’s performance at the 2030 Winter Olympics when he or she is expected to compete at age 9. The winning bid for the host city won’t be announced until 2023, however, officials at the International Olympic Committee are already working to secure a return to Squaw Valley Resort, the child’s anticipated birthplace (more specifically atop the KT-22 chair).

Father of Elyse Saugstad’s baby, Cody Townsend, readies himself for parenthood. Photo: Courtesy of Saugstad

Rumors circulated early Wednesday morning that TGR’s Todd Jones, father of 14-year-old ski phenom Kai Jones, was seen crying on the playground after hearing the news of the young skier to be. Those closest to the family expect Kai’s Nintendo privileges will be reduced for the remainder of the summer in order to focus on training as many 26 hours a day for the upcoming season.

*Editor’s note: It has been brought to our attention that Cody Townsend is also an accomplished skier in his own right, receiving a number of awards for his performance on skis dating back to 2008. His latest project, skiing North America’s “Fifty Most Classic Ski Descents” was mistakenly overlooked by our editorial staff who were extremely distracted by those socks he was wearing with his sandals.

**Editor’s note note: It has been brought to our attention that Townsend was wearing socks with his sandals as “dryland training for fatherhood.”