Sports' Hottest Love Stories Valentine's Edition 2012
By @jschonb on February 14, 2012
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Have you ever noticed how singers and actors always seem to hook up with each other? There's Gwen and Gavin, Brad and Angelina… the list goes on and on. Well in sports, it's no different. In honor of Valentine's Day, here's a look at some of the sports world's hottest love stories.
Former world No.1 Steffi Graf and her husband, former No.1 ATP player Andre Agassi are married and have two children, Jaden and Jaz. Imagine the serve and volley game those kids have.
Stroke of Genius
Danish tennis star and former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is dating Irish golfer Rory McIlroy. It was obvious back in July after the 22-year-old Rory shot to fame for winning the US Open Golf Championships and Caro was by his side but has since been confirmed by the couple and their reps.
Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIIroy Credit Image: © Benjamin KoRstein/Polfoto/ZUMAPRESS.com
Havin' a Ball
Soccer star Mia Hamm and former shortstop Nomar Garciaparra were married on 22 November 2003. The two met five years earlier when Garciaparra, who could have gone to college on a soccer scholarship, lost a charity penalty-kick contest to Hamm at Harvard. The couple have twin girls.
To Russia with Love
Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova and NBA player Sasha Vujacic became engaged in October of 2010. Sharapova is enjoying a comeback after shoulder surgery and made it to the finals of the Australian Open this year.
Gymnasts Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner met in 1976 at gymnastic's American Cup at Madison Square Garden in New York, where he won the men's title and she won the women's. He was 18 and she was 14. As the men's title winner, he was asked to kiss her for the photographers. The couple have been married since 1996.
Ice Ice Baby
Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican have hot love that's almost always on ice. She's a former figure skating Olympic gold medalist. He's a smooth skating defenseman for the Florida Panthers hockey team. Together they have two daughters.
Olympian Jennie Finch, considered softball's poster princess, married her charming knight, Diamondbacks pitcher Casey Daigle in 2005. Their son, Ace, was joined by baby brother Diesel last year. A few months after giving birth, Finch ran the New York Marathon!
A Day at the Beach
Volleyball superstar Gabrielle Reece met her husband, top surfer Laird Hamilton, while riding monster waves in Hawaii. They married in 1997 and their daughter, Reece, was born in 2003.
Catch Me If You Can
Ann Gaffigan, former American Record holder (3000m Steeplechase and WomenTalkSports.com co-founder) and Jason High, Professional MMA Fighter are the proud parents of Jaelyn. They are also the funniest couple on Twitter (@anngaff & @KCBandit).
American runners Kara and Adam Goucher have a son, Colt, born in 2010. Kara returned to running shortly thereafter competing in the Boston Marathon. She recently qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by placing third at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials.
Matt Treanor and Misty May-Treanor. Matt plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, while Misty is an Olympic Gold Medal-winning beach volleyball player. They were married in 2004. Misty had an achilles injury while competing on "Dancing with the Stars" and is on track to defend her Olympic gold medal with partner Kerri Walsh.
Candace Parker and Shelden Williams. Both are basketball players. Candace is currently with the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA, and Shelden has been playing in the NBA since 2006. They were married in 2008, and Candace gave birth to daughter Lailaa in 2009.
Another NBA/WNBA couple is Curtis Borchardt and Susan King-Borchardt. They both met (and got married) while attending Stanford University, in 2003. Curtis went on to play in the NBA for a few years, and is now playing in Europe. Susan played briefly for the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA during the 2005 season.
Olympic runner Sanya Richards-Ross and New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross met at the University of Texas and were married last year. Ross just won another Super Bowl ring and Richard-Ross is set to add to collection of Olympic medals in London this summer.
Do you know of any other great sports couples?
If so, comment below or let us know.
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