Let the “golden couple” metaphors begin.
2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin and 2010 Olympic Men’s Figure Skating gold medalist Evan Lysacek are indeed an item, Liukin confirmed to People Magazine Monday.
Skating and gymnastics fans have been speculating about the Evan-Nastia romance for months. Liukin has been spending lots of time in time in Los Angeles, where Lysacek trains, and Lysacek escorted her to the 2009 ESPY Awards. Earlier this winter, the two were spotted taking together at a Lakers game.
According to the People article, Liukin and Lysacek met during the 2008 Figure Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular and began dating last summer.
Liukin was also in Spokane, Wash. to watch Lysacek compete at the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where he finished second to Jeremy Abbott. Lysacek, 24, who used to date U.S. pairs skater Tanith Belbin, was also on hand when Liukin, 20, competed at the 2009 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Dallas.
The two have been coy about their relationship up to now. According to an article in the Cal State Fullerton Daily Titan, Liukin said she did not have a boyfriend during a Q and A session at the UCLA/Cal State Fullerton benefit meet in December.
Meanwhile, The Huffington Post reported Monday that Lysacek nixed girlfriend rumors in an interview last weekend, telling “Entertainment Tonight” that he was “single” and “lonely.”
On a “Good Morning L.A” appearance a couple of weeks ago, Liukin mentioned that she would be travelling to Vancouver partly to support Lysacek, but did not elaborate.
While in Canada, five-time Olympic medalist tweeted messages of support to Lysacek. On Sunday morning she posted a picture of herself and Lysacek, both wearing jeans and black shirts, standing in front of a backdrop of Vancouver skyscrapers. Lysacek was wearing his gold medal.
Imagine the advantage of having the current Olympic gold medalist in a sport as individual and pressure-packed as your own by your side as you skate through an Olympic Games.
“She been so helpful to me,” Lysacek told People. “She has been through it herself. If I’m having a bad day, she tells me to have faith and to keep going. Sometimes your support system has more faith in you than yourself. And when she tells me things are going to be fine, I really believe it.”
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