Oh, and she has a 9-month old daughter. As she told Kate Travers at the Science Careers Blog, "They're very similar, these two worlds. At the elite, national level, playing soccer is a competition -- you have to stand out, you have to be tough. Science is a tough world to show off your knowledge and ... you have to dare to do things. It's really helped me being a soccer player at that level to get the mental strength" for science.
No denying it is tough for women in science when trying to juggle a career and a personal life but Ekblom-Bak adding in professional sports makes her achievements so far that much more impressive.
Thanks to the Science Cheerleader for pointing her out.