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Love on the beach: Davis announces engagement

Olympic gold medalist accepts proposal from longtime boyfriend Andreev
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Meryl Davis and Fedor Andreev -- pictured here on vacation in Italy last October -- announced their engagement during a recent trip to Northern California. -Courtesy of Meryl Davis

2014 Olympic champion ice dancer Meryl Davis has a new golden ornament: a yellow diamond engagement ring, which was presented to her July 13 by longtime boyfriend Fedor Andreev.

Andreev, the son of Davis' former coach Marina Zoueva, proposed at the start of an extended weekend in Northern California.

"My dad had a conference in Napa that week, so we decided to turn it into a long weekend," Davis said. "Fedor and I were in Stinson Beach (just north of San Francisco), and on Thursday we went on an incredibly beautiful 5-1/2- or 6-mile hike. As we started approaching the beach, I was looking at the water and I turned around, and he was on one knee. It was such a special moment!"

Davis, 30, and Andreev, 35, have known each other for so long that Davis doesn't remember when they met. Andreev started as a singles skater for Canada, winning the 1999 Canadian junior men's title and the 2003 Canadian bronze medal, before competing briefly for Russia as an ice dancer during the 2010-11 season with Jana Khokhlova.

"After enough time, you feel like you get to know just about everyone (in skating)," Davis said. "Our friendship just grew over time. Somewhere in the fall of 2010, we started spending time together and realized it was potentially turning into something. Over the course of many years, I realized I wanted to continue spending more and more time with him."

Davis said that she and Andreev had talked about marriage but admitted she was caught off guard by the proposal.

"I was very surprised," she said. "I had no idea it was happening that weekend."

Andreev had been secretly planning the big moment since the couple went on a vacation to Santorini, Greece, last October.

"We were just walking around the streets and we passed a jewelry store, and I saw this really unique ring in the window," Davis said. "I was admiring it. It was a beautiful yellow diamond in rose gold, with a white gold halo."

Later, Andreev had a similar ring custom made: a yellow diamond flanked by two hearts in rose gold.

"He'd been working on it for many months," Davis said. "It makes it so much more special knowing how much love and effort went into making the ring."

The couple has not yet set a wedding date, and declined to drop any clues as to who will make up the wedding party. White as Man of Honor, perhaps? Davis laughed but wouldn't comment.

"We're not in a huge rush," Davis said. "I think it will be sometime in the next year and a half, or two years. Given how busy Charlie and I are, I think a year isn't enough time. The way we've approached our whole relationship is taking our time with things. We're excited to just enjoy being engaged for a while."

Andreev has just started a new job at a start-up company in Detroit. Davis, meanwhile, recently finished performing in Japan with the Love on the Floor dance show, dancing sans skates along with White, Kristi Yamaguchi, Cheryl Burke and Daisuke Takahashi.

"It was great, fantastic," she said. "The show was a significantly higher quality than it was the first time we did it. It's fun to perform in a different capacity. It was fun because the audiences had a better idea of what to expect. The sheer enthusiasm and energy (of the Japanese crowd) were amazing."