Athletes Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe have figured out a winning combo.
The couple announced their engagement on Friday night on Bird’s Instagram with photo of Rapinoe kneeling and ringing on the plot to Bird’s left.
Bird, defender of Hurricane Seattle, and Rapinoe, captain of the US women’s national soccer team, met at the 2016 Olympics and started dating shortly after.
Bird has three WNBA championships and four Olympic gold medals. Rapinoe helped her team win an Olympic gold spot and two World Cup titles.
There was no caption for their engagement post, but Bird̵7;s team posted their congratulations on Twitter.
“Ring Season,” the tweet said. “Congratulations to the power couple engaged !!!”
Rapinoe, 35, who once called himself “a walking rally”, has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ and women’s rights – helping to promote fairness campaign for the women’s soccer team America.
She and Bird, 40, have used their platforms to drive a variety of like-minded activities, from supporting black-owned businesses to encouraging people to vote.
When hosting ESPYs 2020 in June, along with professional NFL Russell Wilson, they paid tribute to the Black athletes who promoted equality.
Both also wore Black fashion designer outfits during the event. They wear T-shirts that read “BLACK LIVES MATTER” and “GF” – short for George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis in June.
Bird came out as gay and confirmed Rapinoe as her girlfriend in an ESPN story in July 2017
“It happened when it was happening because that’s what feels right,” Bird told the store. “So although I understood that there were people who thought I should do it earlier, it didn’t suit me at the time. I had to live up to that. It was my journey.”
Rapinoe said of Bird in his 2017 story: “We have a lot in common and it’s just a click away. “I joked that she was my number one ask for advice. She is so sly.”