Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh aren’t your average couple, as they will make Olympic history this August in Rio as the first same-sex couple to have tied the knot and compete in the games together.
The Richardson-Walshs—whose love story really merits a full-length movie—met as teens while playing on the same all-star girls hockey team some two decades ago, and began dating at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Today, the couple has been married for three years. Naturally, their entire hockey team made it out to their 2013 wedding, just a year after bringing home the bronze at the London games in 2012.
In conversation with the Daily Mail, Kate gave readers a glimpse at some of the intimacies her and Helen share as teammates and wives on the field.
“If I do a bad tackle on Helen or if she’s skilled me there’ll be a bit more of an ‘ooohhh’ from the rest of the team,” says Kate.
“That’s how normal it is, it’s nice that we can laugh about it. In training recently Helen scored an amazing goal and it was very much the two of us who made it and one of our coaches said we’d become telepathic.”
When Kate and Helen storm the field on behalf of Great Britain at the Rio Games, they’ll be making history not only for their team, but as out and proud athletes.