By Cady Lang Updated: February 8, 4: So perhaps it should come as no surprise that many of the figure skating and ice dancing pairs at the Winter Olympics are couples both on and off the ice — after all, partners that skate together, stay together.
Both skated with other partners beforehand but what will make this Olympics even more special is that this will be the first games that the pair will be competing as a real-life couple. In an interview with NBC , Evan shared that he thinks this Olympics will be momentous for the both of them.
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, Team USA ice dancing While Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are no longer together, the pair dated for two-and-a-half years despite initially not liking one another as partners on the ice. Ahead of the intense preparation for the Winter Games, the ice dancing pair decided it was best to split up. We had to ask ourselves what was more important, our on-ice partnership or our off-ice relationship?
And we were both very clearly said the on-ice partnership is No. And both couples live and train together in the same house. Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland, Team Great Britain ice dancing The British pair are a couple on and off the ice and have been skating together since According to Shape , Nick said that their relationship has helped the couple focus on their goals as competitors. The pair are both ice skaters, but compete separately; Ondrej, who was born in the Czech Republic, now skates for Italy alongside partner Valentina Marchei, while Anna skates with Luca Lanotte; both will be competing for Italy at Pyeongchang, although Ondrej and Valentina will be performing in figure skating pairs while Anna and Luca will compete in ice dancing.
The couple, who married in , prefer not to work together. In a video for the Olympics , Anna explained it thusly: Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, Olympic athletes from Russia, figure skating pairs The Russian couple began skating together in but later became involved with each other romantically.
In an interview with Golden Skate , Evgenia said that it was sometimes hard to separate their work and private lives. Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac, Team France ice dancing This ambitious French pair skated with other partners before finding each other in , something that turned out to be fortuitous for their personal lives as well, with the two of them becoming a couple before long. By the end of , the duo had tied the knot — an amazing feat since both revealed in an interview with Golden Skate that neither ever wanted to date their partner on the ice.
Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer, Team Austria figure skating pair Although Miriam Ziegler began her career as a solo skater, she is now a pairs skater with her boyfriend in real life, Severin Kiefer. In an interview with Skate Guard , Ziegler shared that her ideal day included ordering pizza for a night in of watching movies with Severin.