Olympic couples—a.k.a two Olympic athletes who are either dating, engaged, or married—have always been a thing, but at the Tokyo Games, their presence is sweeter than ever. That’s because for the first time, the Olympics isn’t allowing audiences to watch IRL. That means the athletes can’t have the in-person support of their family and friends, which is no-doubt tough. But Olympic couples at least have each other to make it through these few weeks. Who better to lean on than someone you’re dating who also knows exactly what you’re experiencing? Because they’re experiencing it too.
These 10 pairs, below, are the epitome of that. You know what they say: A couple who wins medals together, stays together.
The couple announced their engagement in October 2020.
Hunter Woodhall and Tara Davis (both track and field)
This is Davis’ first Olympic Games; Woodhall, meanwhile, earned both silver and bronze medals at the 2016 Paralympics.
Megan Jones and Celia Quansah (both women’s rugby, Great Britain)
“We never spoke out about [our relationship] initially, but when we did the response was incredible,” Quansah said to BBC in June. “Everyone was like this is amazing, you’re helping so many people by doing this. We didn’t even think about it before. If we can help one person feel like they can be themselves, it just makes you want to do it more.”
Sandi Morris (pole vaulting, USA) and Tyrone Smith (long-jumping, Bermuda)
These two married in 2019. Morris told CNN, “Our story is very embedded in the Olympics, and Rio is really where we got to know each other, spend time together, and I would go as far as to say we fell in love.”
Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud (both The Netherlands, men’s equestrian)
These two have been together for over 10 years. According to The Advocate, Minderhoud told Eurodressage.com in 2008, “Competitions are a way of life, and it is so much fun if you are with someone who precisely understands that and knows what you are doing, dedicating all your time to horses.”
Anissa Urtez (women’s softball, Mexico) and Amanda Chidester (women’s softball, USA)
Recently engaged, these two opened up to the Five Rings to Rule Them All podcast about competing against each other at the Olympics. “We’ve had a bunch of conversations about it,” Chidester said, according to OutSports.com. “Whoever medals, we’re going to be happy for each other no matter what. No matter what.”
Laura and Jason Kenny (both cycling, Great Britain)
Per BuzzFeed, these two have won a combined 10 gold medals and are married with a young son named Albie.
Charlotte Caslick and Lewis Holland (both rugby, Australia)
According to Insider, these two announced their engagement in January 2020 but had to postpone their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Georgia Simmerling (women’s cycling, Canada) and Stephanie Labbe (women’s soccer, Canada)
“Always knows how to make me smile… (even when I’m hangry and grumpy),” Simmerling captioned a selfie of her and Labbe in October 2020.
Atanu Das (men’s archery, India) and Deepika Kumari (women’s archery, India)
BuzzFeed reports these two tied the knot right before the Tokyo Games.