The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang may be cold (like, really, really cold), but these competing couples are heating things up with their out-of-the-arena romances. These coupled-up Olympians prove that a little bit of practice, determination, and of course, true love can win you the gold.
Take a look at some of our favorite Team USA couples that are bringing the heat to the ice and slopes, below. And just a PSA: As much as these couples may inspire you, it's probably not the best idea to have your husband try to toss you into the air on ice skates.
Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim
The first married U.S. couple to skate together in 20 years, Alexa, 26, and Chris, 30, tied the knot in 2016, after winning the U.S. pairs title—and naturally, their coach was their officiant. “I think the difference between us and any other team is that we can make people feel something when we skate,” Chris said in an interview with Cosmopolitan. “We’ve been told a lot of different times that people felt the emotions we’re trying to portray when we skate together. I think that’s our biggest asset—we can still make someone in the audience feel something when were skating and feel that it’s real. Not that we’re acting.”
The couple also just had the coolest Valentine's Day ever, as they took to the Olympic rink to compete in the pairs short program on Tuesday night. According to NBC, Chris whispered, “great job and Happy Valentine’s Day,” to his bride after their performance.
Alexa's reply? “I told him the only thing that would top this is having a child on Valentine’s Day!”
Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Though Madison Chock, 25, and Evan Bates, 28, have known each other for nearly ten years, the couple only started skating together back in 2011. Last year, the two officially took their partnership off the ice, when Bates told Chock he loved her. But this wasn't their first run at romance: the two went on a date for Chock's sixteenth birthday nine years ago!
"Skating together is something that we love doing, and we love doing it together," Chock told NBC in an interview. "Now, we’re together on and off the ice, and it makes it even more powerful. It feels completely genuine and real... It brings us closer together every day."
Jamie Anderson and Tyler Nicholson
Snowboarding couple Jamie Anderson, 27, and Tyler Nicholson, 22, are competing against each other at the Winter Olympics this year, but hey, all's fair in love and war. Anderson, who won a gold medal for Team USA at the 2014 Sochi Games, will be representing Team USA, while he boyfriend will compete under Team Canada. The two became friends five years ago and started dating two years later.
"He is very supportive and he is a big part of my life," Anderson told NBC. "We push and train with each other—makes it that much more fun."
Nic Taylor and Elana Meyers Taylor
Nic Taylor, 30, and Elana Meyers Taylor, 33, don't just bobsled together—the duo makes for a very cute married couple, too! The Taylors first met when Elana, who was working for the U.S. bobsled federation at the time, called Nic to discuss his paperwork after he completed his tryouts. The two stayed on the phone for hours, talking the night away. A few years later, in 2013, Nic popped the question on the medal podium at the world championships.
Even though bobsledding was what brought these two together, Elana says they have strict rules about shoptalk at home. “In order to bring up the ‘B’ word you have to ask permission,” she told the Team USA website. “Sometimes he’ll ask or I’ll ask and the answer is either, ‘No, we’re not talking about that right now,’ or sometimes it’s a yes.”
Sarah Hendrickson and Torin Yater-Wallace
Sarah Hendrickson, a ski jumper, and Torin Yater-Wallace, a freestyle halfpipe skier, have been skiing their entire lives and dating for over two years, but this year, they are hitting the slopes together in Pyeongchang.
"Dreamed of it, worked for it, fought for it. We are BOTH going to #pyeongchang2018 I am beyond inspired to be in your life to push each other and support each other," Hendrickson wrote in an Instagram caption after learning they both qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Oksana Masters and Aaron Pike
Cross-country skier (and rower!) Oksana Masters is representing Team USA in her third Paralympics this year, but not without her equally talented boyfriend, Aaron Pike, by her side. The two train together and will both be competing in this year's Paralympic event. This will be Pike's fourth time competing, in addition to making the marathon team in Rio.
“You have your best friend, your partner, and then you have your training buddy,” Pike said in an interview with Elite Daily. "You both hold each other accountable. You kind of rub off on each other and motivate each other in different ways."