February 9 marks the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and we're already rooting for Team USA to take home the gold. But there are a few Team USA athletes who've already won—at love! This past year, several Olympians have celebrated engagements or marriages, and, although it ain't no Olympic medal, their new engagement and wedding bling is nothing to shake a stick at.
Below, the Team USA stars who got engaged or tied the knot in 2017.
In one of the biggest weddings of the year, tennis superstar Serena Williams tied the knot with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and everything from her dress to the guest list was iconic. Almost a year after Ohanian popped the question, the four-time Olympic gold medalist walked down the aisle in a stunning New Orleans ceremony. The bride wore a gorgeous Alexander McQueen ball gown for her big day (the first of three dresses!) and sported a cool $3.5 million-worth of XIV Karats jewelry as she made her grand entrance. Celeb friends Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kim Kardashian, and Anna Wintour all flew into Louisiana to celebrate with the couple.
Williams is set to officially return to her tennis career for the United States’ first-round Fed Cup match next week against the Netherlands in Asheville, N.C., only months after the birth of her first daughter, Alexis Ohanian Jr., making her the champ of all champs.
As far as secret celebrity weddings go, Olympian Ryan Lochte gets the gold. Lochte is the first Olympian we know of to tie the knot in the New Year, as he and his fiancé Kayla Rae Reid made it official in a private ceremony in January 2018. The wedding reportedly took place at the couple's Florida home, where the father of the groom served as witness and the pair's young son, Caiden Zane, was of course in attendance. The bride donned the very dress she wore when she and Lochte first met—which just so happened to be white!—for the occasion.
The newlyweds are planning to have a larger, formal ceremony in the near future to celebrate their love with all their family and friends.
Olympic figure skater Tara Lipinski tied the knot with sports TV producer Todd Kapostasy after a year and a half engagement. The two chose Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina, for Lipinski's love for the south (she was named after the fictional Georgia plantation from Gone with the Wind). The newlyweds tied the knot in front of 245 guests, including Olympic gold medalist figure skater Scott Hamilton and Lipinski’s “bridesman” Johnny Weir. The couple later took a 40-day honeymoon around the globe before Lipinski had to head to PyeongChang to co-commentate the 2018 Winter Olympics with Weir.
Former competitive skater Fedor Andreev popped the question to his girlfriend of six years, figure skater Meryl Davis. Davis, a three-time Olympic medalist, shared the exciting news to her Instagram in July, with the simple caption of "7/13/17," along with a shot of her square-cut canary yellow diamond ring. Andreev proposed while the two were on a hike in San Francisco, in quintessential athlete style. We're surprised he didn't give her the ice on the ice, but we're still happy for the bride and groom.
Five-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Nathan Adrian popped the question to his girlfriend of six years, Hallie Ivester, in May. During a romantic walk on a California beach, Adrian, 29, got down on one knee and proposed. The two were on their way to a "sponsor dinner" afterwards, which ended up being a pre-planned engagement party. The bride and groom-to-be have already set a date of September 15 in San Francisco.
Olympic silver medalist Kendall Coyne got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Michael Schofield in early January 2017. The football player, who won a Super Bowl ring in 2016 with the Denver Broncos, posted a photo on Instagram of his ring and the one he proposed with. “I got a big ring last year. So I made sure to get her one this year.” The two don't have an exact wedding date set just yet, but they plan to tie the knot sometime in July 2018.
Olympic figure skater Emily Huges tied the knot with Amit Mukherjee on September 2, 2017 in a quiet ceremony at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, New York. The bride was joined by her sister, 2002 Olympic gold medalist figure skater Sarah Hughes, and other close friends and family. The bride and groom incorporated both Indian and Jewish traditions by exchanging garlands and breaking the glass.