It’s hotting up in Rio, and we’re not just talking about the weather! Winning a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics is certainly cause for celebration, but pair Olympic success and a proposal – we don’t think any amount of Champagne and congratulations could be enough. For a few athletes, these professional and personal crowning moments have become reality…
Just after Chinese diver He Zi was awarded with a silver medal, fellow Olympic diver and bronze medallist Qin Kai followed up this huge achievement with a proposal on the podium! The diver got down on one knee and presented a ring. The couple embraced and Qin Kai gave a thumbs up to the crowd, while He Zi’s fellow medallist divers looked on excitedly.
Olympic Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo received a surprise proposal on the pitch, too, when her stadium manager girlfriend Marjorie Enya took to the field to pop the question. Rather than presenting a ring, she tied a gold ribbon around her now fiancée’s finger as a symbol of their engagement in a truly magical Olympic proposal.
And they’re not the only couples looking loved up at Rio 2016. Max Whitlock took two gold and one bronze medal for Great British gymnastics, but just a few months ago in June he too was thinking about other winning moments, proposing to long-time partner and gymnast Leah Hickton. The couple met through gymnastics in their teens and have been inseparable ever since.
Another couple who met through sport, a teary Steve Backshall celebrated his fiancée Helen Glover’s rowing gold medal success with emotional comments and a kiss.
Let’s not forget Laura Trott, who made history at Rio by becoming the first British woman to win four gold medals, and her fellow cyclist fiancé Jason Kenny, who boasts six of his own Olympic golds. After becoming a public couple during the London Olympics, Laura and Jason have been engaged since 2014.
It seems the successes of the Rio Olympics are encouraging more than just perseverance, camaraderie and sheer sporting excellence. With Olympic engagements popping up across the events, Rio really could be the new Rome, city of love.
For more Olympic marriage proposals – including one of the cutest ideas we have EVER seen – check out these London 2012 engagements, when an average of two people every day got down on one knee during the games!