When Danny Davis, a professional snowboarder, married Hayley Simpson, his childhood sweetheart, on Nov. 29, it may have come as a disappointing surprise to those who spent years scouring the internet for the dating status of the 1.9-inch master of the halfpipe.
“Danny is an absolute heartthrob who is known throughout his sport as someone who is always super approachable and absolutely hysterical when it comes to his sense of humor,” said Ms. Simpson. “He also looks really good, so I’m sure there are a lot of girls who are jealous of me and I’m fine with that.”
But to anyone who really knows Mr. Davis, 33, his marriage to Mrs. Simpson, also 33, shouldn’t have come as a shock.
“She has always been and always will be my rock,” he said. “She has always been a beautiful independent woman who brings so much joy and organization to my life – everywhere we are together feels like home.”
The couple met when they were both 14, at a snowboarding event in Mountain Creek, NJ. “I’ve always been attracted to Danny,” said Ms. Simpson, who grew up in Manasquan, NJ, and by Mr. Davis, who grew up in Highland, Michigan.
“Her middle name is Margaret and her last name is Simpson, put it together with a little imagination and she’s Marge Simpson,” he said.
In those early years, Mr. Davis said, “Marge was loud and laughed a lot. She had the cutest haircut, and yet I told her I wouldn’t see her again unless she got her braces off—that’s the kind of punk I was then.’
Even if he acted like a punk, Ms. Simpson said, “Danny has always had an energy about him that makes people want to be around him, and that includes me.”
Of Mr Davis, who began competing professionally in 2006 and said his snowboarding career began at age 9 when his parents bought him a quarterpipe and two snowboards, Ms Simpson added: “Professionally, he is a one of the hardest working and creative guys I know.”
In their early teens, Mrs. Simpson and Mr. Davis never crossed a platonic line. But the two got close enough that they decided together that they wanted to attend Stratton Mountain School, an independent boarding and day school in Stratton, Vt., that focuses on undergraduate undergraduate studies and competitive winter sports.
After graduation, they spent several years apart, although they always kept in touch. Mr. Davis began making a name for himself on the snowboard circuit at the age of 18, purchasing a home in Truckee, California, which became his home base. Ms. Simpson, then contemplating a possible career in the fashion industry, enrolled in LIM College in New York City in 2007, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising.
The couple got back together in 2009 at a 21st birthday party for a mutual friend in Portland, Oregon, and began dating shortly after.
Mr. Davis had lost his punk attitude by then, and Mrs. Simpson had lost her braces.
“We always knew we loved each other,” said Mrs. Simpson, “but now the timing was right.”
The year before, Mr. Davis won his first Dew Tour Championship. He would go on to win two more titles in the extreme sports competition in 2010, the year in which he suffered a serious back injury in an ATV accident that ended his ambitions to attend the Vancouver Olympics.
Mr Davis said Mrs Simpson played an important role in his recovery.
“The time I broke my back, she was the best nurse I could have ever had,” said Mr. Davis.
Four years later, Mr. Davis was part of the U.S. snowboard team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where he finished 10th in the halfpipe competition.
Again, Mrs. Simpson was by his side.
“Every time I got to the bottom of that halfpipe, Marge was always there,” said Mr. Davis.
Mrs. Simpson moved into Mr. Davis’s Truckee home in 2017. Three years later, in September 2020, the couple became engaged at a home in Burlington, Vt., owned by Mrs. Simpson, whose work as a Truckee-based freelance producer for print and digital advertising requires her to travel frequently to Los Angeles and New York. .
As someone who rarely misses a Mr. Davis performance, Mrs. Simpson said his proposal was one of his worst. He disagreed.
“I was so nervous that when I got down on one knee I couldn’t think of anything to say, and I just froze,” he said. “I’ve been interviewed a million times, but in a situation like that I just couldn’t find a way to string two words together.”
The couple’s wedding took place on November 29 at the Nevada County Clerk’s Office in Nevada City, California. Carrie McReynolds, the deputy marriage commissioner, granted their license.
Earlier that month, they hosted a November 19 wedding celebration at the TeiTiare Estate, a rental property in Sayulita, Mexico, during which the bride and groom exchanged personal vows in front of 122 largely vaccinated guests.
For the celebration, the bride wore a Vera Wang wedding dress and veil, Prada shoes, and a diamond necklace and sapphire earrings supplied by her mother. The groom wore a tailored suit and white shirt from Tailor’s Keep and shoes from Stubbs and Wootton.
At full moon, Mr. Davis and Mrs. Simpson celebrated with friends and family until midnight.
“My feet are killing me from dancing all night,” the groom said the day after the celebration.
When asked whether getting married would hasten the decision to retire, Mr. Davis said he still possessed the skills that would have earned him a US Grand Prix (in 2010) and gold medals at the X Games (in 2014 and 2015). ) yielded. Now a little old for a game that involves deadly tricks in the air, he said some of his crowd-pleasing favorites include “the 1080, the 1260, the 900, and the McTwist.”
Davis, who was voted rookie of the year in the Transworld Snowboarding Riders’ Poll Awards in 2006, was also asked if he thought his best snowboarding days were over or if he had plans to become the snowboard version of Tom Brady.
“Tom Brady?” said Mr. Davis, along with Mrs. Simpson, laughing at the question.
“I don’t know, but I will do this snowboard thing as long as my sponsors allow me to do it,” he said. “I’d hate to see my career come to an end, but if it does, I can live the rest of my life comfortably, knowing that if I hadn’t started snowboarding, I would never be Haley, who means the world to me.” have met.”
On this day
When November 29, 2021
True The Registry of the County of Nevada in Nevada City, California.
party planner Mr Davis said the idea for the couple’s larger party was inspired by Mrs Simpson’s sister’s wedding. “A few years ago Hayley’s sister, Shelby, got married and everyone had so much fun and looked so beautiful. I’ve never had so much fun at a wedding as I did that night.”
Jerry remember The couple left their three-day wedding in Mexico the day before after learning that their 12-year-old Irish wolfhound, Jerry, who was suffering from cancer, had been taken to an emergency room. He died three days later. “He was a great dog with a great personality,” Mrs. Simpson said of Jerry, who was rescued by Mr. Davis of the Reno Humane Society when he was two years old.
games out Referring to a busy schedule, Mr Davis said he will not be seeking a spot in the upcoming 2022 Beijing Olympics. “My focus is elsewhere in snowboarding at the moment, the half-pipe event at the Olympics is quite a grind.”