Olympic Swimmer Proposes to Girlfriend From Medal Stand
With Valentine’s Day around the corner love is in the air. And in the water.
Two-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Matt Grevers proved that after winning the 100 meter breaststroke Saturday at the Missouri Grand Prix.
When he went to the medal stand to accept his medallion, it was his girlfriend, fellow Olympic swimmer Annie Chandler, who presented it to him. (They are much more lax about the medal ceremony in Grand Prix events than they are in the actual Olympic games, it seems.)
Then, right after Chandler put the medal around Grevers’ neck, Grevers dropped to one knee and presented her with a much more important piece of jewelry — a diamond engagement ring. (Check out the video below.)
According to Grevers, his plan to propose would only work if he finished in one of the top three places, so he was swimming with extra motivation. Chandler, who emphatically said yes as the crowd cheered, had to swim in a 200 meter breast stroke heat right after accepting the proposal. She won the race, although she admitted her mind was still spinning when she did. “That was one of the most thoughtless 200 breaststrokes I’ve ever swam,” she said afterward.
This is the second time this past week an athlete has made news by proposing at a sporting event, with New York Giants’ linebacker Greg Jones doing the same last Sunday at the Super Bowl. So it’s starting to look like dropping down to one knee to propose is really the new Tebowing.
[via NBC New York]