Swanson and Eisler
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08/07/2006 at 09:40 PM EDT
Skating with Celebrities
winners Kristy Swanson and Lloyd Eisler are expecting their first child together on Valentine's Day, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Swanson, 36, an actress best known for her starring role in the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
and Eisler, 43, a former Olympic figure skater, met last year while filming the FOX reality competition.
The couple had denied earlier rumors that Swanson was pregnant. But in a statement provided to PEOPLE by publicist Cheryl Kagan, Swanson says: "We wanted to wait until I completed the first trimester to officially announce our pregnancy. Lloyd and I are thrilled and wanted to share the wonderful news."
The two, who live in Los Angeles, began dating in December, according to Kagan.
In fact, their romance created a scandal
in the skating community. At the time, Eisler was married and his wife, Marcia O'Brien, was pregnant with their second child.
The Eislers officially separated on Nov. 30, O'Brien told PEOPLE in February. Two weeks later O'Brien gave birth to son Seth, now 8 months (big brother Ethan is 2).
This is the first child for Swanson.