Olympian and former World Record holder Ariana Kukors Smith has given birth to her first child alongside her husband Matthew Smith.
Kukors Smith announced the birth of Whitaker Michael Smith vía her Instagram account on Saturday. According to the post, she gave birth to Whitaker Smith on September 3, two days past her original due date of September 1.
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Whitaker Michael Smith (aka Whit), born on September 3rd at 12:02am, 7lbs 13oz and 21in ❤️ Named after his Grandpa Christopher Whitaker Smith, a man who lives a life of tremendous principle with a heart of gold, and Uncle Michael, who brings the fun and light to every room. He came in a hurry… we walked into the hospital after 8pm and he was here less than 4 hours later… we know our little man will keep us on our toes from here on out. Our hearts are overflowing as we adjust to life with our sweet boy 🥰
This is the first child for Kukors Smith and her husband Matthew, an accountant who she met when they became roommates. They were married on August 12, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.
Kukors Smith was the 2009 World Champion and former world record holder in the 200 IM. She also won 4 other World Championship medals, including silver in the 800 free relay in 2009 and bronze in the 200 IM in 2011 at the long course World Championships; in short course, she won a 2010 World title in the 100 IM and a bronze medal the same year in the 200 IM.
In 2012, Kukors Smith made the US Olympic Team, finishing 5th in the 200 IM.
Kukors Smith is the second Olympian and world record breaker to have their first child in the past week. On September 4, Cameron van der Burgh and his wife Nefeli Valakelis announced the birth of their son Harry David van der Burgh.