Love is all around at the Olympic Winter Games 2018. We celebrate Valentine’s Day by introducing five athlete couples who are competing together – or apart – in PyeongChang.
Franziska Preuss & Simon Schempp
These two German biathletes weren’t a couple at the last Olympic Winter Games, when Preuss was part of the women’s team and Schempp won men’s relay silver. However, they’re very much partners today, and are a perfect match off and on the field of play – in 2016, they were both part of the German quartet who won silver in the mixed relay at the IBU World Championships.
Jamie Greubel Poser & Christian Poser
Jamie and Christian’s romance was made in the exhilarating world of bobsleigh: the pair met in 2011 at a World Cup event in Whistler, got engaged in 2013 and were married in 2014. Their training schedule means they live separately for large parts of the year – Jamie competes for the USA, while Christian is part of the German team – but their love is strong enough to keep them together. Both athletes are at their second Games after competing in Sochi, where Jamie won bronze in the two-woman event.
Jamie Anderson & Tyler Nicholson
Another romance that crosses national boundaries. American slopestyler Jamie Anderson and Canadian boarder Tyler Nicholson started dating three years ago, shortly after Jamie won the first-ever Olympic slopestyle gold medal in Sochi. On Monday, Jamie successfully defended her title in PyeongChang – one day after Tyler, making his Olympic debut, finished seventh in the men’s event.
Josie & Denny Morrison
It’s been an eventful Olympiad for Canadian long track speed skater Denny Morrison. In 2014, he won his fourth and fifth Olympic medals at his third Olympic Winter Games. In 2015, he tore his ACL and punctured a lung in a motorcycle accident. In 2016, he suffered a stroke after completing a mountain bike tour. And then in 2017, more happily, he married fellow speed skater Josie Spence – who’s making her first Games appearance alongside her husband in PyeongChang.
Alexa Scimeca Knierim & Chris Knierim
Alexa and Chris aren’t the only figure skaters in PyeongChang to be partners both on and off the ice: others include fellow Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates, British pair Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland, and Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac of France. However, they are surely the only couple whose wedding was officiated by their coach: Dalilah Sappenfield. Alexa and Chris won their first Olympic medals on Monday, coming away with the bronze in the team competition.