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Megan Rapinoe, Sue Bird announce engagement

Congrats to Seattle’s greatest athlete power couple!

WNBA Finals - Game Three Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

It’s been a pretty memorable year for OL Reign’s Megan Rapinoe and her girlfriend, Sue Bird. Rapinoe qualified for the Olympics with the USWNT and wrote a memoir that comes out Nov. 10, while Bird just won her fourth WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm.

And now they have one more reason to celebrate: they’re engaged!

Bird “announced” it through a photo on her Instagram account. She certainly didn’t need any words to get her point across.

Rapinoe and Bird began dating in 2016 after connecting at an event during the Rio Olympics. While it wasn’t much of a secret after months of spotting the two together, they formally announced their relationship in 2017 when Bird opened up in an ESPN interview about being gay and dating Rapinoe.

The Seattle-based athletes have been a power duo ever since. This year, Rapinoe joined Bird in the WNBA bubble — coined the Wubble — and could often be seen in the TV broadcast as the lone fan supporting the Storm. Before that, Rapinoe and Bird had some fun during quarantine, launching “A Touch More,” an entertaining Instagram show that you absolutely have to watch if you missed it live.

It’s an understatement to simply call this pair a “power couple” in the sports world. They are a dynasty. Legends. Certainly, their trophy case speaks for itself — Rapinoe and Bird have acquired five Olympic gold medals, two FIFA World Cup gold medals, four FIBA World Cup titles, two NWSL shields, four WNBA championships, and three NCAA championships.

On top of that, Rapinoe and Bird have been outspoken about social justice issues. They co-hosted the ESPY Awards this year, where they urged athletes to continue speaking up about racial injustice. Bird asked those watching: “Do black lives matter to you when they’re not throwing touchdowns, grabbing rebounds, serving aces?”

In addition to kneeling four years ago in support of Collin Kaepernick, Rapinoe and her USWNT teammates have been battling for equal pay. Bird, meanwhile, joined her WNBA teammates this summer in dedicating their season to Black women and demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.

While we obviously don’t know the wedding date, this is truly the good news we need heading into 2021. Congrats to Pinoe and Bird!

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