Getting to the Olympics is a once-in-a-million chance (of course, combined with lots of talent and hard work). So when both members of an athletic couple make it to the world stage, it's kind of a big deal!
Sharing the prestigious experience with your significant other is an incredibly special moment of the highest honor. And this year at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, there are actually a number of power couples present. Some pairings are competing together, like ice dancing duo Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Others are simply cheering each other on, like actress Nina Dobrev and her G.O.A.T. snowboarding boyfriend Shaun White.
In honor of the ongoing games, we've rounded up all the cutest couple moments you might have missed during the 2022 Winter Olympics (so far!).
Shaun White and Nina Dobrev
Although Nina was unable to join Shaun in the Olympic Village due to COVID-19 restrictions, the actress still supported her boyfriend from afar. The Vampire Diaries alum cheered on her S.O. of two years with adorable Instagram posts, an Olympic onesie, and even a sweet gesture: Nina hid photos and messages in Shaun's luggage to combat any home sickness! The snowboarder took to TikTok to show his followers the collection of images.
"No Nina did not make it to the Olympics, unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions. They're not allowing and friends or family to attend, which is understandable, they're trying to keep everyone safe," he said to his camera after a fan asked him if his girlfriend was there in Beijing. "But I have been finding these pictures. Nina hid all these in my bag and in my shoes and in my carry on and in my overnight cast. It's pictures of friends and family and everyone back home with little notes, you know, letting me know they're cheering me on from afar, which is really great. I miss everyone and want to say 'hi' and 'thanks for the support,' and I will see you all really soon."
After Shaun finished what was most likely the final run of his successful career, Nina showed her pride in a tribute post, showering the Olympian with praise.
"I am in awe of you," the actress wrote. "Today we are celebrating you. Your hard work. Your passion. Your determination. Your talent. Your class. Your fearlessness. Your courage. Your soul. Your heart. YOUR LEGACY."
She continued, "I couldn’t be more proud. Of everything you have accomplished over the last 20+ years as a competitor and the man you have become. You are one of a kind. You are a true hero and you inspire me daily. The end of one chapter, means the beginning of an exciting new one with endless possibilities. You will forever be the G.O.A.T. of snowboarding. Not to mention you are also the G.(B).O.A.T. = Greatest Boyfriend Of All Time 😉."
Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Not only did Madison Chock and Evan Bates each make it to the Olympics, but they did it together as a couple. The ice dancing duo have been long-time skating partners and went on their first official date for Madison's 16th birthday, according to Inside Edition.
“Evan took me out to dinner for my 16th birthday and we went to Bahama Breeze," Chock said in the 2018 interview. "It was really fun and he got me a hoodie, a zip-up hoodie from PINK, and it had turquoise letters. It was a very long time ago, but that was our first official date."
This is the third Olympic Games for the couple, who announced they were dating in 2017. The pair helped Team USA secure a silver medal on Feb. 6 when they scored a new personal best of 129.07 in the ice dance free dance competition and placed first overall. And while they already have plenty to celebrate with their Olympic win, the athletes might also have something else to cheers to soon. Even though Bates has yet to propose, the couple told People they're already starting to talk through their future wedding plans.
"We just like to discuss where we might like to have it," Chock told the publication. Bates added, "We're like, 'Oh, that's a nice venue, let's do some research there.'"
Mikaela Shiffrin and Aleksander Kilde
For every Olympic moment of glory, there are countless moments of heartbreak, which makes having a solid support system all the more important—especially in the form of another Olympian who understands the struggle. After an unusual error for skiing champion Mikaela Shiffrin, her partner Aleksander Kilde—a fellow Alpine ski racer—shared a sweet message to lift the gold medalist back up.
"When you look at this picture you can make up so many statements, meanings and thoughts. Most of you probably look at it saying: 'she has lost it', 'she can't handle the pressure' or 'what happened?'…" Kilde wrote. "Which makes me frustrated, because all I see is a top athlete doing what a top athlete does! It's part of the game and it happens. The pressure we all put on individuals in the sports are enormous, so let's give the same amount of support back… It's all about the balance and we are just normal human beings!! I love you Kaela."
Shiffrin reposted his sweet words on her own Twitter, writing, "My hope for every human is that they find another human who finds a way to love, understand, and heal them in the way @AleksanderKilde has done and continues to for me ❤️."
Brad Wilson and Jaelin Kauf
Jaelin Kauf took home a silver medal for her freestyle skiing women’s moguls performance, and she had one very special hype man cheering her on from the sidelines. Her boyfriend and fellow Olympic skier Brad Wilson was the first to celebrate the athlete's win. The Beijing Olympics Twitter account captured the moment Wilson witnessed Kauf's run.
In the video, the skier, who finished 25th in his own competition, jumped up and down screaming and clapping for his girlfriend. He also took to Instagram to commend her on the achievement.
"@jaekauf is an Olympic medalist!" he wrote alongside a photo of their team. "So proud of her. She is an absolute beast. After everything she went through, she went out and skied like herself. ❤️"
Jamie Anderson and Tyler Nicholson
Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson received some new hardware before this year's games even started! Less than two weeks before the Beijing Olympics, her longtime boyfriend and fellow snowboarder Tyler Nicholson (who competed in the PyeongChang Olympic Games in 2018) popped the question to the Olympic gold medalist with a snowy outdoor proposal. She shared the special moment, along with a gallery of other sweet couple photos, to her Instagram.
"Yes, of course! 💙💍💙," Anderson wrote. "I love you so much Tyler! You are my rock, my best friend, my adventure & life partner. I adore every aspect of you and feel so grateful to be each others best friend! 🥰 What I love about our partnership is that we are willing to work through the challenging and darker times to rise above to the lighter vibrations and in doing so, we are a stronger team! 💫 Im so excited to be your wifey!"
Nicholson shared his own post after the engagement as well, and touched on the couple's long journey of ups and downs throughout their seven-year relationship. "We’ve almost been through everything together in the last 7 years & are so excited to do life together," he wrote.
Red Gerard and Hailey Langland
For U.S. snowboarders Red Gerard and Hailey Langland, the Beijing Winter Games serve as something of an anniversary. The power couple started dating shortly before the PyeongChang Olympics in 2018, though they've known each other since they were pre-teens, according to ESPN.
"I think everyone but me saw it. I'd say, 'No, we're too young. We're too good of friends,'" Langland told the publication of their early friendship. "But it made sense. Even though we spend every single day together, I don't think we get tired of one another. He's my favorite person to be around."
In PyeongChang, Gerard quickly became a fan-favorite when he famously overslept before the snowboard slopestyle finals and still managed to take home the gold, becoming the youngest American snowboarder to ever medal at the games. And while Langland's Olympic journey didn't quite live up to her own expectations (she left the games without a medal), the young couple were each other's biggest supporters.
Four years later, the snowboarding duo is still going strong, and while neither athlete finished on the podium at the Beijing Games, they're still grateful to be able to experience it together. “It’s incredible, I feel super lucky,” Gerard said before the competition. “To snowboard with your girlfriend, your best friend, both of us push each other in really good ways. She’s a lot more mellow, I have a lot more anxiety.”
Langland also gave fans a peek at the pair's Olympic journey when she shared an Instagram carousel featuring a couple selfie from the Olympic Village. "Village life❤️," she wrote.