One can only be truly happy in a relationship if each individual has already found their own happiness and fulfilment”, Andrew once said this to Ann and probably describes their journey best.
The first meeting was apparently in Autumn 2011. Ann (who still does not know why he doesn’t like Anni) had seen Andrew during a meeting at the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee headquarters, and this was the first time that Ann knew they would have a special connection.
It took Andrew till January 2012 at the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games (YOG) to remember meeting Ann, and it was while she was hanging posters up in the NOC Services Centre. Before the Games ended, Ann managed to get Andrew’s cell number (just to be clear he gave it to Ann), and this is where their friendship really started. Chatting with each other over WhatsApp, as people do nowadays who travel the world for work or move from one place or country every six months as Ann did, is where they got to know each other and grow their virtual relationship.
After about Three years of messaging, and chasing down Andrew at two more Games in Sochi and Nanjing, Ann and Andrew decided to meet up in Munich, where they were both passing through for work, and see if this relationship was more than just a virtual connection. So, over an amazing curry (which is still their favourite date night food) and a bottle of Tinta Barooca Allesverloren wine from South Africa – hence their wedding location on a wine estate – they decided to give it a go. Ann moved to Switzerland, and after what was eight months of looking for a job, finally, Gordon took the chance and hired her thus, completing the final obstacle for this relationship to flourish.
Even the ‘tissues in bed’ or ‘laundry not been put away’ dilemmas won’t hold us back to put on our white Stan Smiths and walk together into a bright future not just as friends that fell in love over their tremendous passion for sports, but as a family!