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Here Are The Power Couples Competing At The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at July 29, 2021

Topline

The Tokyo 2020 Games has featured one of the few times a married or engaged couple have competed against one another, shedding light on the Olympian couples heading to Tokyo in hopes of gold.

Key Facts

Engaged soccer and basketball stars Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird, respectively, are competing for Team USA in the Tokyo Games after having met during the Rio 2016 Games. 

Husband and wife fencers Lee Kiefer and Gerek Meinhardt are both representing Team USA while attending medical school, with Kiefer becoming the first American to win gold in the individual foil. 

Hunter Woodhall—who won silver and bronze medals in 2016—and Tara Davis met at a high school track meet over four years ago and are now representing Team USA in the Paralympics and Olympics respectively.

Engaged softball players Amanda Chidester and Anissa Urtez, representing the U.S. and Mexico respectively, made Olympic history by being the first engaged or married couple to compete against one another in a non-equestrian event.  

Dutch couple Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud are both competing in the equestrian event of dressage, the second time the pair have represented the Netherlands in the sport after coming fourth in Rio. 

Cyclists Laura and Jason Kenny—among Britain’s most decorated Olympians with 10 gold medals between them (Laura scored two golds in each of the last two Games and Jason netted six, and a silver, at three Games since Beijing 2008)—have a son together and married after the Rio 2016 Games. 

Indian archers Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari got married just before the Games began on June 30 after delaying their wedding three times due to sporting commitments, though after a last-minute team change the pair will no longer be the first Indian couple to compete in the same Olympic discipline. 

Further Reading

Meet The Olympian Siblings Competing In Tokyo Together (Forbes)

Meet The Youngest Olympians Competing At The Tokyo Games (Forbes)

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