For most lucky individuals who get to take part in the Olympic Games, that moment is a once and a lifetime chance for them to shine in the spotlight. For these young men, however, their Olympic moment was something they chose to share.
David State made headlines recently, not just because of his job as an Olympic torchbearer. According to the Miami Herald, the native Brit got down on one knee in the middle of the torch relay to propose to his girlfriend Christine Langham (pictured above). As seen in the ITN News Channel video below, it was a moment witnessed by the hundreds of people who had gathered to watch the torch travel around the U.K. and one we’re sure Langham will not forget.
Matt Grevers caught the world’s attention when he won the silver medal winner in the 100 meter backstroke, but that was not the last time we saw him on national television. As seen in the video from USASwimming.org below, at the 2012 Missouri Grand Prix, Grevers took gold in the same event and gold in the heart of his girlfriend Annie Chandler when he dropped to one knee on the medal stand and proposed.
Fellow torchbearer Ryan Clarke, from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, also chose to pop the question to his girlfriend Claire Jean, in between the passing of the Olympic flame to the next runner. He talks about his plans in this video posted by the Government of British Columbia.
The tradition of running with the torch runs in his family, as his father was a torchbearer at the 1996 Summer Games. Clarke’s proposal was just his way of putting a spin on the family tradition. How sweet!
U.S. Nordic combined skier Billy Demong had one of the best days of his life at those same Winter Games in 2010. According to the Huffington Post, he became the first American to take gold in a Nordic combined event and then proposed to his girlfriend on stage at the ski team house. She said yes, of course. Check out the video from the Today Show below.
Nobody expected this proposal at the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Pair skaters John Baldwin, Jr. and Rena Inoue had just completed their performance when Baldwin dropped to one knee, to the shock of Inoue, the crowd, and the announcers. The ending was happier still when the twosome took home the silver medal later that day. Check out this video posted on YouTube of the NBC Olympics coverage.