14 February, Valentine’s Day, we take this opportunity to share with you the list of 10 sports couples. Love born from a common goal; to become a star.
1. NADIA COMANECI & BART CONNER
The best gymnast of all time, Nadia Comaneci, who achieved the mythical “perfect 10”, first in the history of the Olympic Games, married in 1996 the also winner of two gold medals in the 1984 Olympic Games, Bart Conner.
A story that, although it began as a fairy tale, took time to become a reality. It was in 1976 when little Nadia, at the age of 14, and Conner, at the age of 17, found themselves lifting trophies at Madison Square Garden in New York. The magic that was felt on the podium, the glow that both gave off, alerted a photographer who approached Bart and whispered, “Oh, she’s lovely. Give her a kiss on the cheek. That would be a good picture.” And so he did.
Almost 15 years after that kiss, in 1990, the couple met again. The magic has continued ever since. In 1996 they celebrated their wedding in Romania and now live happily in Oklahoma, where they are raising their son. Together they give motivational talks and have their own sports centre.
2. CURTIS CONWAY & LAILA ALI
Laila Ali, daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, married Curtis Conway, a football player, in 2007.
Laila, following in her father’s footsteps, was world heavyweight champion, considered by many as the most successful boxer in history, retiring with a record of 26-0. Likewise, Curtis Conway accumulated impressive records throughout his sports history: 12 seasons, 594 receptions, 8,230 yards, 52 touchdowns.
3. ANDRÉ AGASSI & STEFFI GRAF
Another story that begins with a look between two multi-champion tennis players.
They were both 29 years old when, in that March 1999, they looked each other over on a training field in Key Biscayne.
But it was not until two months later, when the Roland Garros in Paris became unforgettable for both of them.
Since then they have not stopped adding up to victories.
Agassi, ex-number 1 in the world, with 8 Grand Slams and an Olympic gold, among other trophies. Graff, also a ex-number 1, won 22 Grand Slams and hung up 2 gold and one Olympic silver, and countless other victories.
It was in 2001 when they were married in a private ceremony in Las Vegas, the land of Andre Agassi.
4. JULIE & ZACH ERTZ
Without a doubt, a couple of champions that the world loves.
The two, students at Stanford University, met during a baseball game in 2012. Same place where, 5 years later, they proposed to each other for marriage in 2017 in Santa Clara (California).
Since then they have shared all their sporting triumphs. Zach accompanied his wife when she achieved the World Championship titles in Canada 2015 and France 2019. In the same way Julie accompanied Ertz when he won the Super Bowl LII, a game in which he was the protagonist scoring a Touch Down in the final.
5. ROGER FEDERER & MIRKA VAVRINEC
The Wimbledon runner-up has been married to Mirka Vavrinec for over ten years.
Mirka, currently famous for always accompanying her husband in tournaments and suffering like no one else in the stands, was also a professional tennis player, participating in the US Open, Wimbledon, French Open and Australian Open. In 1993 she won a tournament in Langenthal, Switzerland. It was an injury that forced her to give up tennis and devote herself to her husband’s career.
His love story, of course, was born on a tennis court, during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Nine years later they sealed their love by getting married in Wenkenhof Villa in Basel, the tennis player’s hometown. Some time later, Myla, Leo, Lennart and Charlene, their four children, came into their lives.
7. ALEX MORGAN & SERVANDO CARRASCO
The captain of the U.S. national team that won the 2019 Women’s World Cup is married to Servando Carrasco, a Mexican-American who played for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The two players met during their student days at the University of California, Berkeley, where both Alex and Servando played on the men’s and women’s soccer teams, respectively.
This is where they started a relationship that was consolidated into a marriage in December 2015.
6. BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER & ANA IVANOVICERTZ
The well-known tennis player and WTA number 1, Ana Ivanovic, married Bastian Schweinsteiger, World Champion, in July 2016, after two years of relationship.
Ana started playing tennis at the age of 5, her biggest triumph was winning the Roland Garros Tournament against Dinara Sáfina in 2008.
For his part, German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger won the World Cup in 2015.
In 2018 the couple announced the arrival of their second child.
8. PAOLA ESPINOSA & IVÁN GARCÍA
Ivan Garcia and Paola Espinosa, partners of the delegation in many events over the years, confirmed their relationship after their participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Today, they live happily while raising their only daughter.
Paola won the National Sports Award 2019 for Sports Merit for her career, thanks to her 25 years of success in diving.
This is the fourth time Espinosa has received the PND award, but it is the first time he has been accredited in the Sports Merit category, largely due to his two Olympic medals won in 2008 (bronze) and 2012 (silver).
Ivan, won the silver medal together with Germán Sánchez in the London 2012 Olympic Games and was 10th in Rio 2016. Currently, and despite his three knee operations, he looks more competitive than ever and is looking to qualify for what would be his third Olympic Games.
9. LINDSEY VONN & PK SUBBAN
American Lindsey Vonn, the most successful skier of all time, announced in 2019 her commitment to Pernell Karl Subban, hockey defender for the New Jersey Devils of the NHL.
Lindsey has won 1 Olympic Gold Medal (2 Medals in total), 2 World Championships (7 Medals in total), 4 World Cup Generals (and 16 World Cups in different disciplines) and has 82 wins in the Alpine Skiing World Cup (with a total of 130 podiums).
She retired in February 2019, the year in which she was awarded with the Princess of Asturias Sports Prize.
Subban is considered one of the best defenders in the NHL and was named to the NHL All-Star team in 2013 and 2015. In 2014 he won Olympic gold with the rest of his team at the Sochi Games.
10. DAVID LEE & CAROLINE WOZNIACKI
Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and ex-basketball player David Lee became husband and wife in the summer of 2019.
Lee, the previous player of the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs, was retiring as a professional NBA player in 2017, at the age of 34, while tennis player Caroline Wozniacki announced her retirement in December last year, to take effect last January. Wozniacki, the first and only Danish tennis player to reach the top of women’s tennis and who inscribed her name on the list of the ‘Grand Slam’, leaves with 635 wins in singles by 264 defeats.