Courtney Webb is a skeleton athlete training for the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, who has “dabbled in modeling, acting and fashion writing” and even danced with Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2016. She was working in the fitness industry in Manhattan at the time she unexpectedly met her now-husband, Ryan Spencer.
The New York Times told the story of Webb and Spencer's "whirlwind romance" that began when the couple met in New York City after matching on Mutual, an LDS dating app.
“The good Lord has taken me by the hand and led me on this wild ride,” said Webb, 29, who was baptized in October 2015 and is the only member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in her adopted family. “Things have been moving along so quickly, but with every twist and turn, everything in my life, including Ryan, has lined up perfectly.”
Spencer, 34, had served a full-time LDS mission in Carlsbad, California, and graduated with a degree in economics from Brigham Young University. He was living in Mississippi and visiting friends in New York City at the time they agreed to meet in November 2016.
“From the get-go, being with her felt right,” Spencer told The New York Times. “She was very lighthearted and funny and so easy to talk to, and she was gorgeous and supersmart. I had never met anyone like her before.”
Though Spencer was on board from the beginning, Webb was hesitant because he lived in Mississippi and she didn’t think about him much because she soon became heavily involved with skeleton training. She was so focused on “her new love” she failed to return texts and phone calls and even had forgotten about him until he called a few months later, Webb said in the article.
Spencer was in Utah for the blessing of a friend’s son and knew she was training in Park City when he called again. This time, he was successful. She accepted the invitation to meet up at his friend’s house and that was the night it clicked, they said.
After five months of dating long distance and being engaged for three months, the couple were married Feb. 2, 2018, in the San Antonio Texas Temple.
“I never thought of him popping back into my life the way he did as weird or creepy,” Webb said in the article. “I actually appreciated his persistence. It showed me how much he truly cared about me, and just how badly he wanted me in his life.”
The entire story can be read in The New York Times.