They are longtime rivals who just became a little bit closer.
Ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Adrian Diaz, who compete for the United States and Spain, respectively, announced their engagement on Instagram Friday, with Hubbell writing, “I am going to spend the rest of my life kissing you, @adriandiazbronchud !”
According to their posts, Diaz proposed in Barcelona, Spain, where they vacationed together after the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships in late March.
The figure skaters have been dating for almost four years and have been competing against one another for nine.
Hubbell and Diaz began dating during the 2014-15 season, at which point they started spending more and more time together as they shared three international assignments.
Their first competition together was the 2009 junior world championships, where Hubbell and her brother Keiffer finished fourth, while Diaz and Sara Hurtado came in 32nd.
Since then, the Hubbells split at the end of the 2010-11 season, at which point Madison teamed up with Zachary Donohue. Diaz, meanwhile, went on to compete at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 with Hurtado, placing 13th, before they split the following year. He and British ice dancer Olivia Smart paired up in December 2015, representing Spain.
Nearly a decade after Hubbell and Diaz were at their first worlds together, both had their best senior worlds finish ever last month, with Hubbell and Donohue winning the silver medal, and Smart and Diaz placing 12th.
Hubbell and Donohue also won the 2018 U.S. championships and placed fourth at the 2018 Olympics in February.
Both teams train in Montreal.