Jennifer Nichols: "I saved my first kiss for the man I was going to marry" Olympic archer on being a virgin

'I saved my first kiss for the man I was going to marry': Olympic archer Jennifer Nichols on being a virgin

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18:00 GMT, 17 July 2012

With the London Olympics fast approaching, Jennifer Nichols is bang on target when it comes to her archery career.

And it seems she is a straight shooter when it comes to her love life too.

In a new interview, the 28-year-old, from Wyoming, has opened up about her decision to remain celibate before marriage, and why she didn't even kiss a man for the first time until she was 27.

Straight shooter: Archer Jennifer Nichols, in an official portrait, has opened up about why she saved her first kiss for her fianc

Straight shooter: Archer Jennifer Nichols, in an official portrait, has opened up about why she saved her first kiss for her fianc

Miss Nichols, who shared that kiss with fianc Chris Hardy, 25, is a devout Christian and says she made the decision to save her first kiss when she was just 13.

She told US Weekly: 'I saved my first kiss for the man I knew I was going to marry – my
fiance. I made that commitment when I was
about 13 years old.

'I knew that I wanted to save my kiss on top of
purity. I felt like a kiss was something very special and I wanted to
save that.'

'I felt like a kiss was something very special and I wanted to
save that'

The couple met at Texas A&M University in December 2009.

'We were both in the same political science class,' she reveals.

'I saw him from across the room and I was really attracted to him
and then one morning I was coming from my Arabic class and I had a box
of donuts and I saw him sitting on a bench so I offered him some
donuts.'

In love: Miss Nichols with her fianc, Chris Hardy, who she met while studying at Texas A&M University. The couple are set to marry later this year

In love: Miss Nichols with her fianc, Chris Hardy, who she met while studying at Texas A&M University. The couple are set to marry later this year

The pair will marry later this year, once the Olympics are over.

Fellow virgin: Hurdler Lolo Jones has also spoken about her celibacy, and how it puts off potential boyfriends

Fellow virgin: Hurdler Lolo Jones has also spoken about her celibacy, and how it puts off potential boyfriends

But given that Miss Nichols is so busy training, Mr Hardy has taken on much of the planning of their wedding, due to take place later this year.

'Chris is extremely involved in the planning process,' she told the magazine.

'We
Skype like crazy. We email links back and forth of wedding venues and
photographers.'

Miss Nichols is not the first Olympian to speak out about her celibacy. Model hurdling star Lolo Jones has admitted that she cannot find a boyfriend because she is a virgin.

The 29-year-old told HBO's Real Sports in May that many potential boyfriends are put off by her beliefs.

'When I was 22, 24, it was cute,' she
said. 'But 24 to 29, it's not cute. You get judged a lot, a lot of guys
won't return your calls after they find out.'