Sam Farris is doing a weekly column for RunBlogRun. Her only requirement is to write stories about women in our sport. Sam wrote this piece about Tara Davis, the US Olympic Trials silver medalist (with a jump of 7.04m) and she took 6th at the Tokyo Olympics with a jump of 6.84m. On March 26, 2021, Tara Davis leaped 7.14m (with a +1.4mps wind).
This piece is by Sam Farris. Sam wrote for RunBlogRun at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
From Olympic rings to wedding rings
By Sam Fariss
Tara Davis competed in her first Olympic Games this past summer, after completing her collegiate career at the University of Texas. Following the long jumper’s first place finish at the NCAA championships and second place finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials, she failed to earn a spot on the podium in Tokyo.
Davis has been in a long-term relationship with another track and field star Hunter Woodhall, who competed in his first ever Paralympic Games in 2016. Woodhall, who lost his lower legs at a young age, has earned various international medals including a bronze and silver in 2016 as well as a bronze from Tokyo.
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The two 22-year-old athletes have been together since 2016 and recently celebrated their 5 year anniversary by taking a trip to Cabo San Lucas after Woodhall returned from the Games to their home in Arkansas. While in Mexico, Woodhall popped the question everyone, especially Davis, has been waiting for.
“To my future wife, I promise to always be there for you, I promise to always provide for you, I promise to always love you. You make me a better person and I can’t imagine a life without you. Thank you for trusting, supporting, and loving me the last 5 years. Here’s to the rest of our lives,” Woodhall captioned an Instagram post of their engagement photos.
Davis and Woodhall had gained social media followings due in part to their track and field platform but also because of their shared YouTube channel.
The pair has accumulated over 334,000 subscribers and created nearly 200 videos together. The most recent video being about the engagement titled “The Proposal You’ve Been Waiting For.” Alongside this, Davis has about 339,000 followers on Instagram while Woodhall has more than 302,000 on the site.
“You’ve showed me the true meaning of life and now I get to spend the rest of my life with you. Let me reintroduce myself as a FIANCÃ‰,” Tara captioned her post of the joyous moment.