Here are the powerful couples competing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020


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The Tokyo 2020 Games featured one of the few times a married or engaged couple has faced each other, highlighting Olympian couples traveling to Tokyo hoping to win gold.

Highlights

Committed Soccer and basketball stars Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird, respectively, compete for the U.S. team at the Tokyo Games after meeting at the Rio 2016 Games.

Husband and wife fencers Lee Kiefer and Gerek Meinhardt both represent the United States team while attend a medical school, with Kiefer to become the first American to win gold in individual foil.

Hunter Woodhall, who won silver and bronze medals in 2016, and Tara Davis meet at a high school track and field competition more than four years ago and now represent the U.S. team at the Paralympics and Olympics respectively.

Committed softball players Amanda Chidester and Anissa Urtez, representing the United States and Mexico respectively, makes Olympic history by being the first engaged or married couple to compete in a non-equestrian event.

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

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

Indian archers Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari have married just before the start of the Games on June 30 after delaying their wedding three times due to sporting commitments, although after a last-minute team change, the couple 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 participating in the Tokyo Games (Forbes)


Naomi C. Amerson