Inside Olympians Tara Davis and Hunter Woodhall's Inspiring Love Story

The decorated athletes met at a track meet in high school.
Tara Davis-Woodhall and husband Hunter Woodhall
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Sarah Hanlon
Entertainment & Celebrity Editor
  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
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Updated Mar 19, 2024

Of all the incredible Olympian love stories we've ever heard, Tara Davis and her husband Hunter Woodhall share one of our favorites. The decorated athletes are two of the biggest track and field stars today. She represented Team USA at the 2020 Summer Olympics, while he medaled in both the 2016 and 2020 Paralympics. All eyes are on Tara Davis-Woodhall and Hunter Woodhall as they gear up for the 2024 Paris Games, where both are expected to win big once again. But, as far as we're concerned, their romance is more priceless than any gold medal.

Tara and Hunter met in 2017 as high schoolers at a track meet. (Fitting, right?) Their connection was instantaneous, and they took their relationship long distance as their collegiate and professional careers flourished. After getting engaged on a tropical vacation in 2021, just weeks after the Olympics, Hunter Woodhall and Tara Davis' wedding took place the following year. Here, we look back on their inspiring love story, breaking down exactly how this romance came to be, and how they support each other on the world's biggest athletic stage.

  • Tara Davis-Woodhall is married to Hunter Woodhall. They have been together since 2017.
  • Tara Davis-Woodhall and Hunter Woodhall met at a track meet in Idaho during their senior year of high school. They got engaged in 2021.
  • Tara Davis-Woodhall and Hunter Woodhall got married on October 16, 2022, in McKinney, Texas.

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Who is Tara Davis-Woodhall's Husband, Hunter Woodhall?

Tara Davis-Woodhall and Hunter Woodhall
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Tara Davis-Woodhall's husband is Hunter Woodhall. The track and field athletes, both 24 years old, met at a track meet during their senior year of high school. When he was born, Woodhall was diagnosed with fibular hemimelia (which is the shortening of—or complete lack of—the fibula bone in the leg). His parents chose to amputate his legs when he was 11 months old. Although he originally used prosthetic legs, Woodhall later transitioned to blades so that he could run. He joined his school's track team and made his international debut at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, where he won silver and bronze medals. He medaled in the 2016 and 2020 Paralympics.

It's fitting that Hunter Woodhall's wife is also a track star. Tara Davis-Woodhall, who primarily competes in the long jump, set the American junior women's record for the indoor long jump in 2017. She made her Olympic debut at the Summer 2020 Games in Tokyo, where she placed 6th in the women's long jump final.

How Did Tara Davis-Woodhall and Hunter Woodhall Meet?

Tara Davis and Hunter Woodhall share the exact type of meet-cute you'd expect for two Olympians. The couple first crossed paths at a track meet in Idaho during their senior year of high school. (He traveled from Utah to compete, while she was visiting from California.) The two caught each other's eyes during their warmups at the beginning of the competition—and for Woodhall, it was love at first sight. "I was like, 'D—, that girl's fine. I'm gonna marry that girl,'" he recalled in a YouTube video about how they met.

The following day, after Woodhall won his 400-meter race, Davis hugged him on the sideline. They also shared a brief conversation during the medals ceremony but went their separate ways after the weekend ended. Davis followed her future husband on social media and DM'd him after he went on a late-night Tweeting spree one night, and the rest is history.

Tara Davis-Woodhall and Hunter Woodhall's Relationship Timeline

What happened after Tara and Hunter locked eyes at a track meet? Peek into the couple's relationship timeline, from 2017 to today.

February 2017: Tara Davis and Hunter Woodhall Meet

Thanks to their YouTube channel, we know that Tara Davis and Hunter Woodhall met in 2017 at a track meet in Idaho. After their brief first encounter, the athletes followed each other on social media. Davis slid into Woodhall's DMs a few months later, and they hit it off.

June 2017: Tara Davis and Hunter Woodhall Begin Dating

It was on a trip to Coronado, California, that things took a romantic turn. While Hunter Woodhall and Tara Davis began dating in the summer of 2017, they had to embark on a long-distance relationship. Davis attended the University of Georgia from 2017 to 2018 before transferring to the University of Texas. Meanwhile, Woodhall attended the University of Arkansas.

Summer 2021: Tara Davis and Hunter Woodhall Compete at the Olympics

Tara Davis and Hunter Woodhall
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Tara Davis competed at the Summer 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, while Hunter Woodhall made an appearance at the 2020 Paralympics. (Both events took place in 2021 due to the pandemic.) The couple excelled at their respective events; Davis placed 6th in the women's long jump while Woodhall took home a bronze medal for the Men's 400m T62.

September 2021: Hunter Woodhall and Tara Davis Get Engaged

Shortly after the Olympic games concluded, Hunter Woodhall proposed to Tara Davis during a September trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The athlete hired a designer to build a gorgeous outdoor furniture lounge on the beach, complete with macrame pendants against a soft loveseat. An eye-catching floral installation of white and pink roses against greenery decorated the wooden panels of the outdoor setting. He had also hired photographer Rafa Rivero to document the once-in-a-lifetime moment.

"You've showed me the true meaning of life and now I get to spend the rest of my life with you," Davis expressed on Instagram. "Let me reintroduce myself as a FIANCÉ."

Woodhall also expressed his joy on Instagram, writing: "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."

With his post, the athlete revealed a series of photos including one of himself grinning shyly. "P.S. the last pic is my relief from getting a yes haha," he added.

October 2022: Tara Davis and Hunter Woodhall Get Married

Hunter Woodhall and Tara Davis got married on October 16, 2022, in McKinney, Texas. The romantic nuptials took place at D'Vine Grace Vineyard in front of over 200 guests. "It's like a real fairytale," Davis told People of the special day. "Our fairytale ending." Keep scrolling to see all the details from Hunter and Tara's wedding.

March 2024: Hunter Woodhall Celebrates Tara Davis' Gold Medal at the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships

Tara Davis won big at the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships. The athlete took home the gold medal for the long jump event, where she had a distance of 7.07m.

Davis' win came about a year after she was stripped of her 2023 national indoor title following a positive test for cannabis. Davis received a one-month suspension and was required to complete a substance abuse treatment program.

Woodhall celebrated his wife's success at the 2024 event, sharing a touching Instagram post that seemingly alluded to her growth after the incident. "These are the moments. I don't have words to describe how proud of you I am," he captioned a slideshow of photos from the competition. "Simply put, you worked harder than anyone in the world this season, and it showed. You handled yourself like a professional, I'm just grateful to be able to witness your greatness."

Tara Davis-Woodhall and Hunter Woodhall's Wedding

Hunter Woodhall and Tara Davis' wedding took place on October 16, 2022, in McKinney, Texas. The couple selected D'Vine Grace Vineyard as their venue, a Tuscan-inspired estate that sits on 20 acres of sprawling vineyards. Speaking to People about their nuptials, Davis said, "This has been such a dream. Ever since we started dating, Hunter and I have talked about getting married. We truly saw each other for the rest of our lives and this is just so surreal. We've hit so many milestones together and this is the biggest one. It's everything we dreamed of!"

The couple enlisted the help of Alexa Kay to plan the fairytale event, which was brimming with personal significance. Their dogs, Milo and Winnie, served as ring bearers and inspired the signature cocktails: The Milo Mule (a Moscow mule) and Winnie Rita (a strawberry margarita).

Woodhall's teammate Trenten Merrill officiated the ceremony, which took place in front of 214 loved ones. After, guests enjoyed dinner at family-style tables beneath whimsical floral installations. Kay told People that the couple envisioned a "modern romantic" vibe for the day. "When I first met with Tara and Hunter, she kept mentioning the word 'fairytale' and that her favorite color was pink," she told the outlet. "When I went into the design process, I kept that in mind but also wanted to keep things modern."

As the sun set, clusters of candles and string lights illuminated the dance floor. The bride swapped her long sleeve lace Galia Lahav wedding dress for a sparkly jumpsuit, which she wore to cut the three-tier wedding cake. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited through a tunnel of sparklers before hopping in their Tesla. "It's like a real fairytale," Davis told People. "Our fairytale ending."

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