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Valentine's Day this year fell on the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. It is there that one of the most famous couples in the world of sports, biathletes Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and Daria Domracheva , will celebrate Valentine's Day. In honor of the holiday, we decided to tell you how this sports love story was born.

How it all began

Some say that Domracheva met her future Norwegian husband at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 year, others suggest that they began to closely communicate in 2012 at the summer training camp in Austria. However, we know only one exact date - October 4, 2012, when Bjoerndalen parted ways with the Italian biathlete Natalie Santer . Apparently, then the biathlete already felt sympathy for his Belarusian colleague.

Veil of secrecy

In the next few years, the biathletes carefully concealed their relationship, the most discussed at that time was Daria's phrase: Official information about my personal life will only be a message about my marriage. Soon it almost happened! Of course, many friends and fellow biathletes knew about their relationship, but the strength of friendship was stronger than the desire to tell the public about the personal lives of Domracheva and Bjoerndalen.

The first one to pierce was the French biathlete Martin Fourcade , who in 2015 said: I am on good terms with Domracheva, but, of course, not as close as Bjoerndalen.

Official confirmation

April 5, 2016 at a press conference Bjoerndalen, at which, as the journalists expected, it was supposed to be a biathlete's sports career, the main statement was not only confirmation of the relationship with Daria, but also the fact of pregnancy of the Belarusian biathlete: I have an excellent relationship with Daria Domracheva. Now we are a couple and are expecting a baby. We didn't want to keep it a secret, but we will focus on our relationship. It is very interesting to become a father.

On July 16 of the same year, the couple got married in Oslo. The ceremony was held modestly, in the circle of relatives and friends. The only public photo of the celebration is on Daria's Instagram.

Not only biathletes, but also parents

On October 1, 2016, the couple had a daughter, Ksenia.

Naturally, at first Daria and Ole Einar devoted all their time to their daughters, but returned to training in 2017. At the 2018 Olympics Daria represents the homeland with dignity, and Bjoerndalen helps athletes in training.

But despite for a career, the child remains the most important link in the life of both biathletes. I need to learn Norwegian, since this is my daughter's second native language, "Daria admitted in an interview. Who is the head of our family? Of course, Ksenia. She often laughs. I think , she will make a great comedian, says Bjoerndalen.

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