It might not have been an Olympic year, but 2017 was still a busy time for Team USA – both on and off the field of play. When Olympians weren’t training or competing, they filled their time with exciting personal announcements that had the world enthralled.
From January to November, athletes could be found welcoming loved ones into the larger Team USA family nearly every week. Here are just 17 of the many athletes who got engaged, married or had a child in 2017.
After more than six years of dating, figure skater Meryl Davis got engaged to Fedor Andreev, a former competitive skater himself and son of her longtime coach, Marina Zoueva. The three-time Olympic medalist shared the news on Instagram with a photo of her square-cut canary yellow diamond ring with the caption “7/13/17.” The proposal happened as the two were nearing the end of their hike just outside San Francisco when the 35-year-old dropped down on one knee. The couple has yet to decide on many details about their big day, but know that when it happens that their mini sheepadoodle, Bilbo Baggins, will be the ring bearer.
If 2018 starts out as well as 2017 did, Coyne can expect a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in less than two months time. In January the Olympic silver medalist with the U.S. women’s ice hockey team was surprised at her favorite ice cream shop in Illinois with a ring by her longtime boyfriend, Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Michael Schofield. The 27-year-old, 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; the caption read, “I got a big ring last year. So I made sure to get her one this year.” The two plan to tie the knot in July 2018.
In May, the five-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer proposed to his girlfriend of six years, Hallie Ivester. En route to what he said was dinner in California with one of his sponsors, the 29-year-old proposed the two take a quick walk along the beach, where he got down on one knee. His “sponsor dinner” turned out to be prearranged evening with family at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay to celebrate. With both working full-time, her a Stanford alum who works in merchandising for Banana Republic, the two took advantage of a world championship swim meet over the summer in Budapest, Hungary, to stop in Rome for a quick holiday and capture engagement photos. They have already set the date for Sept. 15 in San Francisco.
After a year-and-a-half engagement, Olympic figure skater Lipinski tied the knot with sports TV producer Todd Kapostasy at the historic Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina. The gold medalist has a house not far from the wedding venue as she has had a love for the south since birth; she was named after the fictional Georgia plantation from “Gone with the Wind.” The two said their “I do”s beneath a 12-foot-tall canopy of 12,000 roses and hydrangeas and in front of 245 guests, including Olympic gold medalist figure skater Scott Hamilton and Lipinski’s “bridesman” Johnny Weir. Later that summer they embarked on a 40-day whirlwind honeymoon that took them around the globe before she was due to be in PyeongChang to co-commentate the 2018 Winter Olympics with Weir.
With only weeks left until the end of summer, Olympic figure skater Hughes put an end to her single days as she walked down the aisle with Amit Mukherjee on Sept. 2. The ceremony took place at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, New York, and Hughes’ parents walked her down the aisle as her sister, 2002 Olympic gold medalist figure skater Sarah Hughes, watched on. The two chose to write their own vows and added special touches like incorporating Indian and Jewish traditions into the ceremony by exchanging garlands and breaking the glass. As the honeymoon was not set to take place for another couple of months, the newlyweds headed back to work in California days later — her for Johnson & Johnson as a senior manager for health care technology and him as a partner at a venture capital firm.
Three months after giving birth to the couple’s daughter, Alexis Olympia, the four-time Olympic gold medalist tennis star walked down the aisle with her fiancé of one year, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The couple got married at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in a “Beauty and the Beast”-themed wedding, with “Tale As Old As Time” as their first dance. The wedding date, Nov. 16, was chosen as a way to honor Ohanian’s mother who passed away nine years prior. Two hundred guests — including Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé— were in attendance and seated at tables named after Williams’ Grand Slam wins. The night ended with a performance by New Edition and the groom surprising his new wife with one of her favorite things: a carousel.
Welcomed A Baby
The three-time Olympic track and field athlete and her husband, former NFL cornerback Aaron Ross, welcomed their first child into the world this past summer. The five-time medalist — who retired just before the 2016 Rio Olympics — gave birth to Aaron Jermaine II in August.
Two months after proposing to his girlfriend, Playboy model Kayla Reid, the 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer announced the two were expecting. “My Christmas gift came early this year,” the 32-year-old said on Instagram. On June 8 his fiancée gave birth to their son, Caiden Zane.
After getting married in 2012 and struggling to get pregnant for years, the three-time Olympic medalist gymnast finally welcomed her first child, Graham Mitchell, with husband Mark Caldwell on Oct. 10. The 29-year-old was open about her decision to skip going to the 2016 Rio Olympics to commentate because of her fear of Zika and her desire to get pregnant.
In June, the retired soccer player and wife Hannah welcomed their second son into the world. Slate Bartell joined big brother, 16-month-old Talon. The 35-year-old almost missed the birth of his second child as he was attending a meeting about a soccer development project in San Diego.
The nation’s first ever Olympic triathlon gold medalist announced she was pregnant in January. But almost two weeks past her due date, still no baby. So the 31-year-old shared on Twitter that she was turning to spicy food to help speed up the process because “baby really likes my belly,” she said. On Aug. 16, Stanley Allen Lemieux was born.
The youngest American man to win an Olympic alpine skiing gold medal added another title to his resume in June: father. The 33-year-old and wife Mia Pascoe welcomed their first child on June 28. They named their baby boy — whose sex was not known until birth — Jax.
Leave it to America’s most decorated fencer to have a punctual baby. The four-time Olympic medalist gave birth to Sunday Noelle on her due date in October after a natural delivery on Friday, the 13th. This was the first child for the 32-year-old and her husband, Mike Swehla.
On Nov. 19, the world champion gymnast with an Olympic silver medal delivered a baby girl, and new sister for her 2-year-old son, Dashel. The 29-year-old and husband Kory Maier posted about Audrielle on Instagram saying, “Welcome to the world and our family.”
A year and a half after giving birth to her first son, Arlen, the Olympic champion swimmer went to Rio and brought home three medals. Three years out from Tokyo 2020 the 30-year-old welcomed baby number two, Ryker Alexander. The seven-time medalist posted on Instagram about her son’s Independence Day arrival, “Ryker Alexander Grant decided he loves fireworks & wants them on his birthday!”
The 35-year-old Olympic ski racer and his partner, Charlotte Moats, welcomed their first child earlier this summer. Their baby girl was born on June 6 but didn’t have a name until a couple days after the birth. The two settled on the name Nell.
The 31-year-old middle-distance runner is known for running — and winning — races while pregnant. After winning a national title in 2014 while eight months pregnant with her first child, she ran the same race this year while five months pregnant with her son. Aster Cruz was born on Nov. 24 to the Olympian and her husband, Louis.