While the rest of us hibernate, these 11 American Olympians are braving the ice and snow in pursuit of a medal at the Sochi Games. They took a breather to talk to Hemispheres.
Author Jacqueline Detwiler Photography Sasha Nialla
You’re getting married soon, right?
In April, right after the games. My fiancé, Nic, proposed to me at the World Championships when I was on the podium. We took silver, and then I saw him get down on one knee. There was worldwide coverage of it, which was pretty cool. Now we have, like, Czech Republic newspapers with photos of it and stuff.
Did you cry?
No! I couldn’t, I was freezing! I was still in my racing speedsuit, which is a bathing suit with arms, and I just had one coat over it, one pair of pants. I couldn’t get the ring on my hand—my hands were so swollen, just from racing all day. So crying wasn’t happening.
Did you know it was coming?
No, I didn’t, because I specifically told him NOT to do it. But I’m glad he did.
How much of your wedding do you think you’ll have planned before the Olympics?
I’m hoping that I’ll have at least half of it. We’ll see. I didn’t think it was gonna be as big as it is. I have mad sympathy now for wedding planners, ’cause it is intense.