Florida deems WWE pro-wrestling ‘essential business’ amid coronavirus pandemic

iStock/ViktoriiaNovokhatska(ORLANDO) -- As most businesses in Florida have been ordered shut to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, the state has deemed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) -- a company with past and present links to President Donald Trump -- "essential,” permitting the pro-wrestling company to continue live TV broadcasts from its Orlando training facility.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said at a press conference on Monday that despite Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis giving a statewide "shelter-in-place" order on April 3, the company was given the go ahead to resume operations amid the pandemic after speaking with the governor’s office.

Initially, WWE was not designated as an essential business which meant the company would have to comply with the governor's shelter-in-place order, Demings said. However, after the company, led by chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, had "some conversation" with DeSantis' office, the company was granted the distinction, according to Demings.

"With some conversation with the governor's office regarding the governor's order, they were deemed an essential business," Demings said. "And so, therefore, they were allowed to remain open."

Trump has a close relationship with DeSantis, with Trump often lavishing praise over the Florida governor during his routine appearances at the president's campaign rallies in the state. "He’s a great guy, he’s a tough guy, he’s a brilliant guy and he’s our governor," Trump said at a Sunrise rally last November.

Like DeSantis, WWE has close links to Trump, even inducting him into their Hall of Fame in 2013. Former WWE president and CEO Linda McMahon, the wife of current chairman of the company, served the president as administrator of the Small Business Administration from 2017 to 2019 and now is chairwoman of America First Action, the sole sanctioned pro-Trump super PAC.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment, and the Trump campaign declined to comment for this report.

According to a memo from DeSantis’ office on April 9, essential workers in Florida included "employees at a professional sports (league) and media production with a national audience -- including athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production -- only if the location is closed to the general public."

The memo is dated the same day that McMahon's pro-Trump super PAC announced a $26.6 million investment in broadcast TV ad buys set to run in the fall in the battleground states of North Carolina and Florida.

The Florida governor's office did not respond to multiple questions regrading the timing of the super PAC's spending announcement or if any political connections played a role in the decision. A spokesperson for America First Action dismissed any link between the ad buy and the WWE decision as part of what the spokesperson called the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" and said the idea of a connection was an example of "looking to connect some sort of dots that simply don't exist." The spokesperson said the ad buy was planned more than a week before DeSantis' memo.

A spokesperson in DeSantis’s office told ABC News services like WWE, which was not specifically named in the memo, were characterized as essential "because they are critical to Florida's economy." The spokesperson noted that “the memo does not specify specific sports, as long as the event location is closed to the general public,” in regards to other organizations like the UFC being deemed essential in the future, which could also provide a path for other sports to start up again in the state.

On Monday, WWE returned to broadcasting "WWE Raw" live on USA from the company's training center at Full Sail University in Winter Park. The wrestling organization had previously aired pre-taped weekly shows on Fox and USA amid the pandemic, including airing a pre-taped two-night Wrestlemania event that featured retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

"We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times," WWE said in a statement to ABC News. "We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff. As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its Superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance."

However, as the company moves forward with production, an employee of the company has already tested positive for the coronavirus after TV production had completed, WWE said in a statement.

“We believe this matter is low risk to WWE talent and staff, as the individual and a roommate became symptomatic in the days following exposure to two people working in acute health care on the evening of March 26, after WWE’s TV production on a closed set was already complete,” the company said, adding that the employee had no contact with anyone from WWE since being exposed to those two individuals, is doing well, and made a complete recovery.”

The company has faced some criticism over continuing to hold pro-wrestling events amid the pandemic, even while doing so in an empty arena with no fans. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that having the WWE deemed an essential business “doesn't pass the smell test.”

“It’s hard to argue that wrestling is an essential activity,” said Suarez, adding that in Miami, given similar local shelter-in-place orders, it would be hard for pro-wrestling to "pass the smell test in terms of what is an essential activity.”

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Boston Sports Club hit with class-action suit for charging members during coronavirus

iStock/nathaphat(BOSTON) -- A handful of Boston Sports Club members have filed a class-action lawsuit against the gym's parent company, Town Sports International, alleging they're still being charged gym fees despite all facilities being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The gym-goers claim the sports club was "willfully and knowingly charging consumers monthly membership fees" despite not being able to provide services, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

The members who are suing called the conduct "a deplorable display of unconscionable corporate avarice" amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the complaint filed in the United States District Court for Massachusetts on Monday.

The company shuttered all Boston Sports Club locations in Massachusetts in mid-March because of the outbreak, furloughing or terminating most employees, the complaint states.

"However, Town Sports then shockingly and willingly continued to charge consumers monthly membership fees for services that it knowingly would not render," the court document states.

The plaintiffs, all of whom are Boston Sports Club members, are seeking compensatory damages, injunctive relief, attorneys fees and more.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey weighed in via Twitter, writing, "Make no mistake -- this is illegal."

She said that "much like many Boston Sports Club members, my team has been trying to get a straight answer" from them about "how people can cancel their accounts."

"So far, they have refused to provide one. Maybe it's because they fired all their employees," she added. "This is completely unacceptable."

Healey said her office sent a demand letter to the company asking that the matter be corrected "ASAP."

Town Sports International did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Tuesday.

The class-action lawsuit in Massachusetts comes after other state attorneys general have taken action against the company, which has been accused of the same tactics elsewhere in the U.S. amid the pandemic.

Last Friday, Attorney General Letitia James of New York, Attorney General Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania and Attorney General Karl Racine of the District of Columbia sent a letter to Town Sports International, which also operates New York Sports Clubs, Philadelphia Sports Clubs and Washington Sports Clubs.

The state attorneys general alleged the company was still automatically charging members despite gyms in New York, Pennsylvania and D.C. being closed.

"As the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged our country into an unprecedented public health crisis, businesses have shuttered their doors, leaving millions without a paycheck and scraping to get by," James said in a statement. "While the closure of all New York Sports Club facilities may have also placed a strain on the company, its financial straits do not relieve NYSC of its obligation to follow the law."

"New Yorkers have enough to worry about and should not be forced to pay for services NYSC is no longer providing," she added. "If NYSC refuses to do the right thing voluntarily, I will not hesitate to take every legal step necessary to protect New Yorkers from NYSC's unlawful conduct and get their money back."

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Daniel Romanchuk, 21, gears up for potentially historic New York City Marathon race

iStock/SMNovak(NEW YORK) -- When Daniel Romanchuk first started competing in marathons in 2012, his main goal was to merely keep up with the pack. Just for a mile, at least.

The next year he bumped up his expectations: stay with the group for 5 miles.

Now, Romanchuk is in the lead.

On Sunday, he will compete to become the first American man to win the NYC Marathon's wheelchair division two years in a row.

He came in first last year with a time of 1:36:21, securing the title of the first American man to win the division and the youngest ever at just 20 years old, according to New York Road Runners.

In addition to his NYC accolades, he also earned the title of the youngest person ever to win the Boston Marathon this year and the first American to win in 26 years, and scored a spot in the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 thanks to his Chicago Marathon win in October.

But the titles aren't what keeps him going.

"I try not to concentrate really on those … It would be incredible to [win New York], but it's not necessarily a goal of mine," Romanchuk recently told ABC News. "I try to keep my goals within my own capabilities."

Ahead of Sunday's race, Romanchuk is focusing on the course. A few days ago he toured the 26.2-mile route, getting to know the road conditions that he'll have to conquer.

He wants to make sure he's ready for the downhill portions of the route, a point of weakness, he says.

"I like to climb. I don't necessarily like to descend, so just kind of knowing where those areas are and knowing who's in the pack who can possibly go down hill a lot better than I can," Romanchuk said, noting that he likes to be "economical" with his strokes.

His ability to focus on strategy, rather than keeping up, has been a "long process."

Romanchuk, who was born with spina bifida -- a birth defect that affects the spine and is the most common neural tube defect in the U.S. -- has been participating in programs at a Disabled Sports USA chapter in Baltimore, Maryland, an hour or so away from where he grew up, since he was 2 years old.

He began with a slew of activities, including wheelchair basketball, swimming, archery, triathlon, skiing, table tennis, sled hockey, track and field.

Track and field is what stuck.

"Track and field came along faster for me than some of the other sports,” he has previously said, according to his biography on the non-profit's website. “It was also something I could do at home.”

He began competing in marathons in 2012, and has proven himself to be one to watch.

"Daniel is on fire," Disabled Sports USA communications manager Shuan Butcher told ABC News after Romanchuk won Boston in April. "Being the youngest athlete to win the wheelchair race in Boston can only mean great things ahead."

Training at the University of Illinois, Romanchuk breaks down his schedule into the seasons.

During the winter, he's usually working mostly with weights. But come warm weather in the spring, summer and fall, Romanchuk hits the track and begins upping his mileage.

At his peak, he and his team usually clock in around 100 miles each week. On the weekdays, they aim for about 15 miles everyday and on Saturday they shoot for 20.

Sunday is his day off, he said, not counting marathon days.

After his NYC run, Romanchuk has no plans to slow down.

He will travel to Dubai for the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, beginning on Nov. 7, and then Japan for another marathon after that.

"November is a very busy month," he told ABC.

And with or without the title of the first American man to win the men's wheelchair division two years in a row, Romanchuk is ready to keep going.

"I've always just enjoyed pushing myself and seeing how far I can go," he said. "I just enjoy the sport."

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Washington Nationals’ GM on making it to the World Series for the first time in almost 90 years

ABC(WASHINGTON) -- On the eve of the third game of the Fall Classic, the Washington National's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo sat down with ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" hosts after securing two World Series wins in Houston.

Washington hasn't seen a World Series for nearly 90 years -- since 1933. When asked about what it means to have the Nats break through in a city where politics is its own sport, Rizzo weighed how the politics and power of the nation's capital have elevated the significance of this series.

"It's an incredible story -- we had a 0.1% chance of winning the National League pennant," Rizzo told ABC News' Political Director Rick Klein and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathon Karl. "The prognosticators didn't factor in or analyze the heart of this club."



After having the third-worst record in Major League Baseball in May, the Nationals stunned the baseball world by surging back to secure a wild card spot against the Milwaukee Brewers.

"We can't undersell what this means for the D.C. area. I think the D.C. atmosphere is something special to these players," he said. "The atmosphere of the city is palatable. They feel it, they sense it and they love it."

Two of the most recognizable names on the Nationals roster are veteran first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and 21-year-old outfielder Juan Soto.

Rizzo said Zimmerman, the team's first draft choice after moving from Montreal to Washington in 2005, brings a calmness to the team that allows him to thrive in the biggest moments.

"He excels between the lines and in the dugout, in the clubhouse and in the community. He's a Washingtonian through and through," he said. "He's up there with the greats."

Karl noted to Rizzo that Soto may be the greatest player at the age of 20 he's ever seen.

Rizzo agreed, adding that Soto and Zimmerman are exactly the type of franchise cornerstones every successful team must have.

"We're looking under every rock to find a Juan Soto," he added.

During most games, Rizzo sits in the first few rows with the team's analytics and operations personnel to discuss the game, but this is the World Series, he said.

"Tonight's game is a little different. We're going to be fans like everybody else," Rizzo said Friday. "There's little we can do to affect the outcome of the game. ... I asked them to just let their hair down and enjoy the game."

The winning streak was broken for the Nationals Friday night, however, with the Astros taking home a 4-0 win.

The World Series picks back up Saturday night in Washington.

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DC will host a World Series game Sunday – but Trump won’t throw out the first pitch

Twitter/@chefjoseandres(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Nationals are guaranteed a World Series Game 5 in Washington, D.C. -- but President Donald Trump won't be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Trump announced Thursday that if the series went to five games, he would attend Sunday's Game 5 -- which become necessary when the Houston Astros won Game 3 Friday night to cut the Nationals' lead in the series to 2 games to 1.

Trump joked to reporters Thursday in the Oval Office that he was not sure if he would throw out the first pitch.

"I don’t know," he said, when asked if he would do it. "They’re going to dress me up in a lot of heavy armor. I’ll look too heavy.”

The president, however, won't get the honor as the Nationals announced that Chef Jose Andres would be throwing out the first pitch in Sunday's game. The popular chef owns restaurants in Washington and half a dozen other cities, and is the founder of World Central Kitchen, a humanitarian organization that provides meals to natural disaster victims.

During the longest-ever government shutdown at the start of 2019, Andres' organization set up a cafe and restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue to feed furloughed federal workers.

Andres has also been a vocal critic of Trump's immigration policies, and withdrew his plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel following Trump's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants during the 2016 presidential campaign. A lawsuit ensued, and the two sides settled in 2017.

Major League Baseball has said the decision on ceremonial first pitches is made between the league and the host team.

Baseball's fall classic returned to the nation's capital Friday for the first time in 86 years. In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The last president to do so was George W. Bush, who threw out the first pitch at New York's Yankee Stadium before Game 3 of the 2001 world Series.

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Eliud Kipchoge becomes first marathon runner to break the two hour mark

iStock/Pavel1964(SEATTLE) -- A feat once thought impossible, Eliud Kipchoge has become the first person to ever run a marathon in less than two hours even though it will not count as a world record.

Kipchoge bested the two hour mark by 20 seconds for a final time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

Kipchoge was supported by 36 pacemakers and also had a pace car with a laser beam projecting his ideal position on the road which is one of the reasons why the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not verify Kipchoge’s time as a world record.

"I'm feeling good," Kipchoge told the Associated Press. "I'm the first man, I want to inspire many people that no human is limited."

Kipchoge ran at an average pace of 4 minutes and 33 seconds per mile throughout the entire race, according to the Associated Press.

"We can make this world a beautiful world and a peaceful world," he said, pointing out that the mission of his attempt went beyond athletics. "The positivity of sport, I want to make it a clean sport and an interesting sport."

Kipchoge reached his accomplishment in Prater Park in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

It was his second attempt at breaking the two-hour barrier. He had previously missed the mark by only 26 seconds in Monza, Italy, in May 2017.

Kipchoge won a gold medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and he also holds the official world record of 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.

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Antonio Brown says he’s through with the NFL in Twitter rant

Twitter/@AB84(NEW YORK) -- Embattled football star Antonio Brown went on a Twitter rant on Sunday, saying he is through with the NFL after he was cut by the New England Patriots amidst multiple sexual assault allegations.

Brown, 31, posted several tweets on Sunday, mentioning former teammates and Patriots' owner Robert Kraft, who have had their own run-ins with the law stemming from sexual assault accusations and, in the case of Kraft, charges of soliciting a prostitute.

"Will not be playing in the @NFL anymore," Brown wrote in a tweet, "these owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime we will see if the @NFLPA hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up !"


Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver, landed with the Patriots after he was released by the Oakland Raiders due to several off-the-field incidents, including a heated confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock. The Raiders had given Brown a contract that included $30 million in guarantees, but he didn't play a single game for the Oakland, who voided his contract following the incidents.

Just two days after the Patriots announced they'd signed Brown, the two-time all-pro was accused of sexual assault and rape by his former trainer.

Despite the allegations, New England allowed Brown to suit up for last Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, in which he caught four passes, including a touchdown pass.

But on Friday, the Patriots released a statement confirming they were cutting Brown from the team. Brown's release from the team coincided with a report in Sports Illustrated that another woman accused Brown of sexual harassment while she working at his home.

"We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time," the team said in the statement.

Brown seemed to confirm his release in a tweet, writing, "Thank you for the opportunity."

He later tweeted, "The marathon continues."


But on Sunday morning, Brown took to twitter, apparently pointing out what he considered a double standard. He cited several NFL players who have been able to continue with their careers despite being accused of sexual assault and took aim at the Patriots' owner Robert Kraft.

Kraft was one of 25 people caught in prostitution sting in February. The 78-year-old Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution for acts that allegedly occurred at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. The case against Kraft is still pending after he rejected a deferred prosecution agreement in March.

"Kraft got caught in the parlor AB speculations fired different strokes different folks clearly," Brown tweeted.


Despite Brown's mounting problems off the field, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN on Saturday that several unnamed teams have expressed interest in Brown and "want information regarding his legal situation and the NFL investigation" into the accusations made against him.

Rosenhaus said on Twitter on Saturday that the player's NFL career may not be over.

"It's unfortunate things didn't work out with the Patriots. But Antonio is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL," Rosenhaus tweeted on Friday. "He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon."

It's unfortunate things didn't work out with the Patriots. But Antonio is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL. He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon.


Brown was an All-American player at Central Michigan University when the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him in 2010. During his tenure in Pittsburgh, Brown compiled one of the most prolific careers NFL history for a receiver, topping 100 receptions and 1,200 yards receiving in each of the past six seasons.

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Olympian Nadia Comaneci helps young Indian duo with viral video score gymnastics scholarships

Twitter/@nadiacomaneci10(KOLKATA, India) -- Two children from India, have been promised gymnastics scholarships from the Sports Authority of India after a video of them doing cartwheels and flips on their way to school went viral on social media and was shared by five-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci.

The video, which captured Jashika Khan, 11, and Mohammad Azajuddin, 12, was recorded by their dance coach, Shekhar Rao, founder of Eternities Dance Academy in Kolkata, India.

For the last five years, Rao has offered free dance training to children in the city who cannot afford to pay for lessons.

"This is awesome," Comaneci tweeted on Aug. 29 after seeing the video.

A day later, Kiren Rijiju, the Indian minister of state for youth affairs and sports, shared Comaneci's post, saying that he wanted to be introduced to the kids.

Jashika told ABC News on Friday that she could not believe that Comaneci, her inspiration, had seen and shared the video on Twitter. Jashika said she was now looking forward to starting her gymnastics career.

The kids are currently in the enrollment process, submitting paperwork and medical records, according to Reshma Khatoon, Jashika's mother. If approved, they will be able to formally start training with the Sports Authority of India.

"I am a huge fan of Nadia Comeneci and I want to meet her and be like her," Jashika said. "I want to go to the Olympics one day and make my country proud."

In an interview with ABC News on Thursday, Comaneci said that she was surprised that her tweet went viral but said that she is happy the Sports Authority of India has stepped up to help the two children.

"I thought the video was so cool and spontaneous -- two kids going to school with their backpacks and then they throw in a couple of gymnastics skills," Comaneci said. "I just want to wish them good luck, enjoy what they do and be happy, and I hope I get to meet them at some point."

Rao, the children's dance coach, told ABC News on Thursday that he felt there was something special about Jashika and Mohammad from the moment he started giving them dance lessons four years ago.

"I knew from the beginning that these kids were very talented," Rao told ABC News. "Something that would take anyone else a week to learn, they could learn in an hour."

Khatoon told ABC News that her family has always struggled to put food on the table and that the family often was unable to buy school supplies for Jashika and her two siblings. But now, she said, she is happy that the viral video has given her daughter an opportunity to follow her dreams.

"From a young age, she would jump over walls whenever she saw one, but I never realized that it would lead to something like this," Khatoon said. "I can't put into words how proud I am of her. I hope her story inspires other children to follow their passions."

Rao said that he hopes the other students in his dance academy will also get more support as a result of Jashika and Mohammad's story going viral. Currently, the children practice on a hard surface and he wants to be able to provide mats for them in the future.

"I am very happy for these two kids, but there are lots of slum children who are talented but their stories are not heard," Rao said. "I hope more people will pay attention now."

Although social media did not exist when Comaneci started her gymnastics career in Romania, it was also her doing cartwheels in school that caught the attention of gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi.

"I was doing some cartwheels in kindergarten when Bela came to ask all the kids if they could do cartwheels," Comaneci said. "So it started with a cartwheel for me, too. You never know where a cartwheel can take you."

Comaneci told ABC News that she is glad she could make a difference for the kids by sharing the video on social media.

"I think that every kid should have an opportunity to play sports, and there are a lot of kids who don’t have those opportunities because they come from a difficult background or they cannot afford to do that," Comaneci said. "If I can change the life of someone, using sports or social media, I think that’s amazing."

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Stan Makita is 1st Hockey Hall of Famer found to have had CTE

iStock/artisteer(BOSTON) -- Hockey great Stan Makita is the latest professional athlete to join the list of Hall of Famers diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease CTE.

The announcement was made Friday by Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University’s CTE Center, one year after Makita died at the age of 78.

Makita, a star of the 1960s who was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983, is the first NHL Hall of Famer to have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The list of football Hall of Famers who have been diagnosed with CTE includes NFL greats Mike Webster, Junior Seau, John Mackey and Lou Creekmur.

Other pro hockey players who have been posthumously diagnosed with CTE include NHLers Derek Boogaard, Bob Probert, Jeff Parker and Todd Ewen.

A postmortem analysis of Makita’s brain by Boston University’s CTE Center showed that the Chicago hockey great had stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy; stage 4 is the most severe form.

CTE, which is associated with repeated blows to the head and is known to cause memory loss, violent moods and other cognitive difficulties, can only be diagnosed after death.

Makita was diagnosed with another degenerative brain condition, Lewy Body Disease, in the years prior to his death.

“Stan Mikita was diagnosed with two neurodegenerative diseases that our research has shown are associated with a long career in contact sports such as ice hockey: CTE and Lewy body disease,” said McKee in a statement released in conjunction with the announcement.

Originally a scrapper, the diminutive Mikita became a prolific scorer and went on to capture four NHL scoring titles in a long 22-year career with the Blackhawks.

He led Chicago to a Stanley Cup title in 1961, and in 2017 was named by the NHL as one of the 100 greatest players in league history.

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Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn gets engaged to NHL star P.K. Subban

Instagram/@lindseyvonn(NEW YORK) -- Olympian Lindsey Vonn said she was starting a new life after retiring from skiing competition earlier this year. On Friday, that next step began with getting hitched.

NHL star P.K. Subban proposed to Vonn -- and she accepted, of course. They announced the news in an Instagram video.

"So he finally popped the question," Vonn says in the video. "I said, 'yes.'"

"You're locked down, so you can't call him or text him anymore, ladies."

Subban joked in the video that Vonn was "up for the Norris," referring to the Norris Trophy, the NHL award for the league best defenseman each year. Subban actually won that very award in 2012-13.

The two have been dating for about a year, according to several media reports.

The 34-year-old Vonn went to four Olympics, but won just one gold medal and two bronzes. Her dominance mostly came on the World Cup circuit, where she won a record eight titles in the downhill and set the all-time record for women's World Cup victories with 82. She won 43 downhill competitions and 28 Super-G events, her top two disciplines.

Vonn also won the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award in 2010.

She retired following the 2019 Alpine World Ski Championships in Sweden, saying her body could no longer take the toll of the sport. She missed all of 2014, including the Sochi Olympics, after tearing her ACL. Knee injuries hampered her for much of her career.

Subban is a star in his own right. The 30-year-old from Toronto emerged as a top defenseman with the Montreal Canadiens over the course of seven seasons, before being traded to the Nashville Predators in June 2016. The three-time All-Star was traded again this offseason to the New Jersey Devils.

He is also an Olympian, winning gold with Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

Vonn is no stranger to high-profile romances. She dated Tiger Woods for two years before splitting in 2015.

This will be Vonn's second marriage. She married former U.S. ski team member and Olympian Thomas Vonn in 2007. They divorced in 2013, though she's continued to use her married name.

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