Megan Rapinoe celebrates historic gold with Sue Bird after snagging a media pass

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After wrangling a media pass on the final day of Olympic competition in Tokyo, Megan Rapinoe was in the stands to cheer on her fiancée Sue Bird as the basketball legend won her fifth consecutive gold medal against host nation Japan.

On Sunday, after Team USA’s 90-75 victory, Bird ran towards a smiling sideline Rapinoe to share a celebratory hug and kiss.

“[I’m] honestly inspired, and I told her the other day, it feels like corny to say, but it’s like everything you would want in someone that you would look up to. Obviously, I get to be with her, and I love her. That’s the most special part,” the USWNT star told NBC.

“She just does things the right way. She plays with a sense of joy, she makes everyone else around her better on and off the court,” Rapinoe continued. “She’s just an amazing person, I’m gonna start tearing up. You’re gonna make me cry on national TV.”

The Seattle Storm star Bird returns from Japan — her final Olympic performance — with gold while Rapinoe, the OL Reign star, brings home a bronze for the USWNT.

After meeting in 2016 at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Rapinoe and Bird started dating. They got engaged in October 2020.