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Athletes Couples who married one another

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Love often finds its way into the hearts of those who share a passion for sports. In the world of athletes, where determination, dedication, and a competitive spirit thrive, another kind of partnership flourishes, which is love. These athletes, whose lives are defined by their prowess on the field, court, or track, have also found their forever teammates in each other.

From the excitement of competitive games to the beauty of life’s milestones, these couples have woven their stories together, showcasing that love is the ultimate victory.

1. Jozy Altidore & Sloane Stephens

Jozy Altidore & Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens and Jozy Altidore both grew up in Florida, and have known each other since childhood. Sloane spent some of her early years in California before returning to Florida to pursue tennis and Jozy, originally from New Jersey, also moved to Florida during his childhood.

Growing up in the same city, they attended the same middle school and have known each other since their youth. At that time, Sloane was his junior in school while Jozy was in eighth grade. Despite the age difference, they were both popular and occasionally interacted, although their relationship was not romantic.

Their professional lives led them in different directions for many years, creating distance between them. However, fate brought them back together when they both found themselves in Hawaii where Sloane was training for Fed Cup while Jozy was with his national soccer team for a friendly match against Iceland. Taking advantage of their time together, they went on their first dinner date in 2016.

After three years of dating, Sloane and Jozy announced their engagement in April 2019. Their wedding plans were disrupted by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Tragically, Sloane lost her grandparents to the pandemic in 2021, further delaying their plans.

 

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Eventually, as life started returning to normal, Sloane and Jozy tied the knot on New Year’s Day in 2022. The elegant ceremony took place at the St. Regis Ball Harbour in Miami Beach, Florida, with their entire family in attendance. They reserved empty seats in honor of those they had lost to the pandemic. In a touching moment, Sloane expressed her empathy for couples whose plans had been thwarted by COVID-19, just as theirs had been.

Jozy Altidore acknowledged that the extended period of planning due to the pandemic allowed him to reflect on the journey that led them to this significant moment in their lives. A year after their marriage, the couple’s bond has grown stronger despite persistent rumors of splits. They remain unfazed by such speculations and continue to live happily together.

Who are they?
Jozy Altidore was born on November 6 1989, in Livingston, New Jersey. He is a professional soccer player from the United States that enjoyed a successful career playing as a forward for various clubs and the United States national team. He’s known for his strong physical presence, goal-scoring abilities, and versatility on the field.

Sloane Stephens was born on March 20 1993, born on Plantation, Florida. She is a professional tennis player hailing from the United States. She gained prominence for her powerful playing style and achievements in women’s tennis. Stephens is recognized for her athletic prowess and quick footwork on the court. Her journey includes notable victories in major tournaments, showcasing her status as a top player in the tennis world.


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2. Shawn Johnson and Andrew East

Shawn Johnson and Andrew East’s relationship began in 2012 when the gymnast, Johnson, was in London for the 2012 Olympics as a sports commentator. Andrew, an NFL player’s brother, convinced her to meet his sibling. Their connection grew stronger when Andrew tweeted to Johnson, and he flew to Los Angeles to meet her. Their first date marked the start of their journey.

In 2013, they added a furry member to their family, adopting a golden retriever named Nash.


In July 2015, Andrew proposed to Johnson after she threw the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game.

The following year, in April 2016, they tied the knot.

Their journey faced a challenging chapter in October 2017 when they revealed a miscarriage. Despite this, they grew closer and continued to share their lives on social media. They welcomed their first child, daughter Drew Hazel, in October 2019.


Two years later, their family grew further with the arrival of son Jett in July 2021.

In August 2022, they shared a heartwarming moment on Instagram, showcasing their enduring bond. The couple’s ongoing love story took a new turn in July 2023 when they announced during their podcast that they were expecting another baby.

Shawn Johnson and Andrew East’s journey is a testament to their enduring love, marked by shared experiences, challenges overcome, and the joy of building a family together.

Who are they?

Shawn Johnson was born on January 19 1992, in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a retired American artistic gymnast who gained international recognition for her accomplishments in gymnastics. Johnson competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she won a gold medal on the balance beam, silver medals in the team, all-around, and floor exercise events, and a bronze on the uneven bars. Her impressive performances made her a well-known figure in the gymnastics world.

Andrew East was born on September 17 1991, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a former American professional football player and long snapper. East played college football at Vanderbilt University and later entered the NFL. He had stints with several teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Football Team. Following his football career, East has been involved in various ventures, including content creation and social media engagement.


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3. David Lee and Caroline Wozniacki

David Lee and Caroline Wozniacki met due through a friend who introduced them to ehach other at a dinner party in Miami.,. They shared many mutual friends, due to them being former athletes. The couple hit it off and started dating in 2015. They were spotted being intimate at a party, which raised speculations which were later confirmed by Wozniacki’s brother.

The two met while Wozniacki was blowing some steam off after having just broken up with her ex-fiancee, Rory Mcllroy. She wanted to date someone much taller than her, so she could wear heels. She then met Lee, who is 6 feet 9 inches.

After two years of dating, Lee took the next step and proposed to Wozniacki in November 2017. Wozniacki said yes and made the announcement on an Instagram post.

 

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After Wozniacki’s retirement from the sport in 2019, they got married at Castiglion del Bosco, in Tuscany among family, friends, and loved ones.

They soon became a family after their wedding, welcoming their first child, Olivia Lee in 2021. Olivia resembles Wozniacki’s wide-set eyes and smile.


The couple soon welcomed their second child, James Lee in October 2022. They announced the news with a picture of Olivia, with her baby brother.

The two now live their dreams, having just celebrated their anniversary, four years and two kids later.

Who are they?

David Lee was born on April 29 1983, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a retired professional basketball player from the United States. Lee enjoyed a successful career in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he played for several teams, including the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, and more. Known for his skillful play as a power forward and center, Lee was an NBA All-Star in 2010 and earned recognition for his contributions on and off the court.

Caroline Wozniacki was born on July 11 1990, in Odense, Denmark. She is a retired professional tennis player. Wozniacki rose to prominence as a top-ranked women’s tennis player. She held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 71 weeks, showcasing her remarkable skills, consistency, and determination on the tennis court. Wozniacki won numerous titles and competed in all four Grand Slam tournaments, leaving a lasting impact on the tennis world before her retirement.


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4. Bode Miller and Morgan Beck

Bode Miller and Morgan Beck first met in May 2012, at one of her volleyball games, two weeks before he found out that Sara McKenna, his ex-girlfriend was pregnant with his child.

Bode started dating Morgan shortly after learning the news, and their relationship quickly became more serious. Bode proposed to Morgan in September 2012, and he shared the announcement on Twitter. They got married in October 2012 on the Peak Skis co-founder’s sailboat. Just a month later, they learned they were going to have their first child, but sadly, they experienced a miscarriage at 11 weeks.

Bode’s son with Mckenna, Samuel, was born on February 2013, which ensued a back-and-forth custody battle, triggered by McKenna moving to New York without informing Bode. Bode received primary custody of Samuel in 2014 when the case was settled.

On May 19 2015, the couple welcomed their first child, Nash Skan Miller. He was Bode’s third child. They also welcomed daughter, Emmy in 2016, who they lose to drowning at 19 months old, while pregnant with their third child, Easton in 2018. In November 2019, Bode and his mother delivered their twins, Asher and Aksel, as the midwives did not arrive to the hospital in time. They completed their family with their sixth child, Scarlett, who was born in 2021.

They have continued to honour Emmy’s memory, becoming large advocates for water safety.

Who are they?

Bode Miller was born on October 12 1977, in Easton, New Hampshire. He is a retired American alpine ski racer, widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and talented alpine skiers in the history of the sport. Throughout his career, Miller earned multiple Olympic and World Championship medals, showcasing his remarkable skiing abilities.

Morgan Beck Miller was born on March 30 1987, Newport Beach, California. She is a former professional beach volleyball player and model. She gained recognition for her skills in beach volleyball and also pursued a career in modeling.

5. J.J. Watt and Kealia Ohai

J.J. Watt and Kealia Ohai met through Watt’s former Houston Texans teammate, Brian Crushing, who was married to Ohai’s sister, Megan Cushing. They chose to keep their early relationship under the radar, beginning in early 2016.

Rumors of their romance started swirling when Watt was spotted donning Ohai’s jersey number, 7, during a press conference. In October 2016, Kealia Ohai confirmed their relationship on the “2 Up Front” podcast.

The rumors are true. We are dating. I’ve known JJ for a really long time, and we’ve always been great friends.

They made their romance Instagram official when they shared a selfie from their trip to Mexico for Ohai’s birthday. Ohai then made a romantic gesture on March 2017, when she flew to Wisconsin to spend time with Watt for his birthday, on her only day off during preseason camp.

After three years of dating, J.J. Watt proposed to Kealia Ohai in May 2019.


Less than a year later, the couple exchanged vows in a breath-taking destination wedding in the Bahamas. They shared their joy with the world through Instagram, expressing that it was the “best day” of their lives.

However, their honeymoon plans were disrupted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After several months of lockdown, they resumed their respective sports careers within their respective bubbles. Kealia Ohai Watt played with her soccer team in a bubble in Utah, while J.J. Watt returned to the NFL. In March 2021, he signed with the Arizona Cardinals after parting ways with the Houston Texans.

In June 2022, J.J. Watt and Kealia Ohai joyfully shared that they were expecting their first child.


Their son, Koa James Watt, arrived four months later, bringing immeasurable love and happiness. In October 2022, the couple shared a heartwarming photo on Instagram, introducing Koa to the world.

In a sentimental announcement in December 2022, J.J. Watt revealed his retirement plans with a heartfelt message dedicated to his family. Reflecting on his last NFL home game and Koa’s first NFL experience, he expressed deep gratitude for his career.

Who are they?

Justin James “J.J.” Watt was born on March 22 1989 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is a former professional American football player who gained fame as a dominant defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). Known for his exceptional skills and numerous accolades, Watt played the majority of his career for the Houston Texans before retiring. His skills has made him one of the most respected figures in the NFL.

Kealia Mae Ohai Watt, known professionally as Kealia Ohai, was born on January 31 1992, in Draper, Utah. She is a former professional soccer player who rose to prominence as a forward in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Ohai had a successful career with the Houston Dash, where she captained the team and showcased her talents. She has since transitioned to being a mother and a supportive partner to J.J. Watt.


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