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Sütő and Tuuha Tie Knot in St. Maarten
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In a beach ceremony witnessed by both of their families, veteran gymnasts Ágnes Sütő of Iceland and Tomi Tuuha of Finland got married Wednesday in St. Maarten.

In a beach ceremony witnessed by both of their families, veteran gymnasts Ágnes Sütő of Iceland and Tomi Tuuha of Finland got married Wednesday in St. Maarten.

"We have always dreamed about a beach wedding, and the idea popped into Tomi's mind of going on a Caribbean adventure to take our vows," said Sütő, a native of Hungary. "We wanted to keep our privacy and let only few people know about our exact wedding plans. Also, it would have been difficult to invite people to join us on our cruise. We decided to only have our family members there witnessing our special day, and of course we are planning to celebrate our marriage with our close friends this summer in Hungary, Finland and Iceland."

For the couple's fans, Sütő added a special message. "So please, don't feel offended if you heard the news first from International Gymnast magazine," she said.

Sütő said Tuuha surprised her with his proposal last summer when she was visiting Finland. "We were having a lovely picnic when he suddenly got on his knee with the question," she said. The couple began planning their wedding, which was part of a Caribbean cruise, following a trip to the Canary Islands late last year.

Sütő said she and Tuuha have maintained a long-distance relationship for several years after getting acquainted at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo. Sütő moved to Finland in 2014 to be with Tuuha, but returned to Iceland last fall because of health issues and school.

"Luckily I have recovered and I am also finishing my studies in general design this summer," Sütő said. "Besides school I have also been training in the mornings and coaching in the evenings that keeps me quite busy. As we know Tomi has still been doing gymnastics full-time in Finland. Luckily he has been able to visit Iceland yearly for training and preparing for the seasons with the Icelandic team."

Sütő said the strength of their bond has kept their long-distance relationship intact, despite the emotional and logistical challenges.

"It hasn't been easy to be so far away from the person you care for the most, and words cannot describe how lucky I feel to have Tomi in my life," Sütő said. "There has never been a single doubt of me wanting him by my side in the future. Long-distance relationships are definitely not the easiest, but if you really love the other person it's totally worth the try. And I think, because of the long distance and the time apart, we have learned to appreciate each other and the time we spend together even more."

Following the wedding, Sütő and Tuuha will resume training for the World Championships in Montreal in October. "So there might be two Tuuhas participating," Sütő said. Tuuha is also training for the University Games in Taipei in August.

"Unfortunately this year will most likely be Tomi's last year competing at an international level, as he got accepted to the Finnish Aviation Academy to become an airline pilot," she said. "The studies will start early in 2018 in Pori, which is a really remote city in Finland. Tomi will most definitely take every joy in competing in his last year."

Sütő said she and Tuuha are still deciding on their domestic logistics.

"It is still unclear which country we will live in," she said. "We just have to wait and see. We are very excited for our future, and super thankful for gymnastics that brought us together."

Read a profile on Ágnes Sütő in the May 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, and a chat/photo spread featuring Tomi Tuuha in the December 2012 issue. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, or purchase back issues, click here.

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