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September 29, 2021
Hot on the heels of her bronze medal performance at Tokyo’s Paralympic Games, swimmer Sophia Herzog turned to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to announce her engagement to Para-cyclist boyfriend Nick Gibb.
The 24-year-old athlete posted two photos that prominently displayed her engagement ring, which features a round, brilliant-cut diamond set with four prongs upon a diamond-accented band.
Her caption simply read, “We got some exciting news to announce from this weekend… We are ENGAGED.” Of course, she punctuated the post with an engagement ring emoji.
Living by the credo “Tiny but mighty,” the 4-foot-tall swimmer competed in the S6 classification.
Her third-place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke earned the Colorado native her second Paralympic medal. She also captured a silver medal in the same event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ironically, Herzog told her fans on Facebook this past Friday that the biggest 10 days of her life have come and gone and that the transition back to “normalcy” is happening.
Little did she know that the weekend would deliver another life-changing event.
Standing 6 foot 1, the 39-year-old Gibb is a former Para-cycling national champion in the MC5 class. The Colorado native also represented the U.S. at the 2018 Track World Championships in Rio.
According to TeamUSA.org, Herzog announced that her second Games would be her last. She will be pursuing a career that aligns with her degree in business communication.
“In addition, I hope to bring a level of kindness to the world,” Herzog told TeamUSA.org in May. “As a minority in the U.S., I am usually the first to be squeezed out of opportunities. It can be hard at times, but kindness always wins. Plus, the world always needs more kindness.”
Credits: Images via twitter.com / SophiaHerzog.