Shared hearts in Sochi

  • GERMANY: Daniel and Maylin Wende puckered up – this time on camera – in front of spectators after competing on the ice ahead of Valentine’s Day.
  • CHINA: Although they didn’t earn medals, fiancés Jian Tong and Qing Pang finished with a memorable performance in what was believed to be their final career competition in pairs figure-skating.
  • RUSSIA: Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov spend time together both on and off the ice.
  • COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA: Gary di Silvestri and Angelica Morrone di Silvestri, both cross-country skiers, are the first athletes from the Caribbean island to compete in the Winter Games.
  • RUSSIA: The expertise of Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov placed the figure-skating pair in second.



Will you be my valentine…in Sochi?

Some participants, such as gold medalist American snowboarder Jamie Anderson, have reportedly used the the mobile dating app Tinder for match-making inside the Olympic Village in Russia. But as they arrived to the slopes, rinks, and arenas on Friday to finish the first week of the games, several athletes shared already established romance on Valentine’s Day.

Athletes Sanne van Kerkhof and Ireen Wust of the Netherlands celebrate the holiday as an openly gay couple. Wust, a long-track speedskater, became the first openly gay athlete to medal in Sochi when she won gold in the women’s 3,000 meters on Sunday.

Take a look at a few of the dating, engaged, and married couples in this year’s 22nd Winter Olympic Games.


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