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    USA Gold Medalist Swimmer Ryan Murphy Weds His College Best Friend In Lake Tahoe California

    The Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Murphy, 28, tied the knot with his college sweetheart, Bridget Konttinen, at the Everline Resort & Spa in Olympic Valley near Lake Tahoe, California, on Sept. 30.

    Ryan Murphy said that Bridget grew up skiing in that area and her father is from Finland, so skiing was a big part of her early life.

    He added that the place was the most beautiful place he has been in the world, so it was a dream for him to be married there. He thought the idea of getting married in a place called Olympic Valley was pretty cool.

    Ryan Murphy and Bridget Konttinen first met while they were both students at The University of California, Berkeley, where Murphy earned the PAC 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year award for three consecutive years.

    In 2016, Ryan Murphy made his Olympic debut in Rio and won the men’s 100m and 200m backstroke gold medals. Five years later at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he helped Team USA win the men’s 4x100m medley relay gold with a new world record.

    Murphy’s wedding party included Olympic gold medalist Chase Kalisz, Nathan Adrian, who won the 400 medley relay with Murphy at the 2016 games, and Lenny Krayzelburg, “who’s like my idol,” he says. “Someone I really looked up to and who’s been kind of a mentor to me in my career.”

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    Many of Murphy’s past swim coaches were also in attendance including Dave Durden, who was the head Olympic coach of the 2021 Olympic Games.

    The bride, who’s always wanted to get married in September, says that the duo’s wedding theme was “chic, rustic and vintage.”

    The couple, who got engaged in May 2022, kicked off the weekend-long celebration with a ceremony rehearsal on hole 10 of The Links golf course. Later, they took a catamaran to Gar Woods Grill & Pier for the rehearsal dinner, before heading back to the resort to host a welcome event.

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