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Love on Ice

Five skating pairs who fell...for each other.

Few Olympic sports are quite as, um, sensual as pairs skating. The lifts! The twists! The intertwining of two bodies moving as one! It’s hardly surprising, then, when these working relationships take a turn for the romantic. Here, a loving look at five on- and off-the-ice pairs. (Pictured: Chris Knierim and Alexa Scimeca Knierim in Pyeongchang.)

Evan Bates and Madison Chock of the U.S. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Evan Bates and Madison Chock of the U.S. The ice dancers went on their first date to a Bahama Breeze in 2008 for Madison’s sweet 16, but it would take nearly a decade for Evan to finally confess his love. “I’ve always had great chemistry with [Evan],” Madison recently told NBC of her skating partner since 2011. “Now, we’re together on and off the ice and it makes it even more powerful.” You can witness the pair’s chemistry for yourself when they compete in Pyeongchang. Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes of Great Britain David Davies - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes of Great Britain Evan and Madison have cute-couple competition in the form of fellow ice dancers Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes. The pair have been expertly carving the ice together since 2005 and have the national medals to prove it. “We started dating after we began skating together, and it works really well because we have the same goals and aspirations,” Nick told “Shape” magazine. Chris Knierim and Alexa Scimeca Knierim of the U.S. Koki Nagahama/Getty Images Chris Knierim and Alexa Scimeca Knierim of the U.S. Another Pyeongchang pair to watch, Chris and Alexa were first introduced by their coach and began skating together in 2012. They married four years later. “We just know everything about each other, and I think it helps in the day-to-day when we go to practice and when we compete,” Alexa told “People.” And in a scheduling move sure to make audiences swoon, the two will take the ice on — you guessed it — Valentine’s Day. Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China VCG/VCG via Getty Images Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China Skating partners since the age of 14, Pang and Tong confirmed they were a couple during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where they earned a silver medal. Given their long career in the spotlight, it only made sense that Tong would later propose to Pang on the ice at a skating exhibition. (She said yes.) They married in 2016 and have retired from the sport. Jenni Meno and Todd Sand of the U.S. Bob Thomas/Bob Thomas/Getty Images Jenni Meno and Todd Sand of the U.S. Speaking of cool engagements, Todd Sand asked his pairs partner of two years, Jenni Meno, to marry him just hours before they skated at the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994. (Talk about Olympic rings!) After another Olympics appearance in 1998, the couple retired and now spend their time raising two boys and coaching young skaters — a figure-skating fairy tale for the real world.