Chinese Diver He Zi Wins Silver Medal—Before Being Interrupted by Her Boyfriend’s Proposal
Is this the latest trend in marriage proposals? After Olympian Isadora Cerullo—a member of the Brazilian rugby team—got engaged to Olympic stadium manager Marjorie Enya last week, two more Olympians made the Games the site of their own engagement: Chinese divers He Zi and Qin Kai.
He Zi was being awarded a silver medal for the 3-meter springboard on Sunday night, when Qin Kai, her boyfriend of six years, joined her, got down on one knee, and proposed to her right there next to the pool. She accepted, the two embraced, and the stadium erupted in applause.
“We’ve been dating for six years, but I didn’t expect him to propose today,” she told reporters. “He said a lot of things, made a lot of promises, but I think the thing that touched me the most is I think this is the guy I can trust for the rest of my life.”
Though this is an exciting time for the couple, the choice of the exact moment of the proposal has left some concerned that it detracts from He Zi’s accomplishments. After all, interrupting your girlfriend of six years after she won an Olympic medal to propose on internationally-broadcast television turns the whole thing into a global-scale jumbotron public proposal rather than a celebration of her athletic achievements. Making matters worse, the BBC originally reported that, in being proposed to, He Zi won “an even bigger prize” than her silver medal. The news outlet has since updated the story to say she won “another prize.”
Whether or not this was a romantic gesture or a interruption of He Zi’s shining moment is ultimately up to the couple to decide, but we wish these two Olympians the best for their future. If you missed out on the proposal, watch the full clip below.