Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn Engaged to Hockey Star

Lindsey Vonn

Olympic gold medal-winning skier Lindsey Vonn has said “yes” to professional ice hockey player P.K. Subban’s proposal.

They first met a year and a half ago at the Nickelodeon sports show that happens after the ESPYs, where Subban chatted with Vonn and her younger sister Karin. “Karin’s the one who was working really, really hard for me,” Subban laughs. “I was obviously interested in wanting to talk to Lindsey—but at the time, she was already dating [someone else], so I couldn’t really speak to her.”

Vonn, 34, and Subban, 30, are engaged, PEOPLE confirms.

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On August 14, Subban went to his go-to jeweler, XIV Karats in Beverly Hills, and picked up the ring that he’d been waiting for—an emerald because her favorite color is green, and it’s his birthstone. “I got the ring and said you know what I’m just going to do it home. Everything kind of came together on that day. Everyone says the stars aligned—well, it was actually a full moon. I was worried because I knew she would want to be dressed up and not in her pajamas, and it just so happened she had a business meeting, so she was fully dressed up.”

When he got down on one knee in the presence of Lindsey Vonn’s three dogs at home, Vonn was dumbfounded. At first, she didn’t believe what was happening. “We never talked about it or looked at rings,” she says. “But he gave me an emerald necklace at Christmas, and I loved it. I wouldn’t change the ring at all.”

Lindsey Vonn, who retired from professional skiing this year after a storied career that saw a record number of World Cup wins, has dated Subban, a defense man on the New Jersey Devils, since early 2018.

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Subban was drafted into the NHL in 2007 by the Montreal Canadiens, and became a fan favorite for his performance on the ice, and off of it. In 2015, Subban donated $10 million to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, inspired by his encounters with people and families experiencing hardships. After several years with the Predators, he was traded to the Devils this summer.