Just moments after winning a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Chinese diver He Zi received the shock of her life when her boyfriend and fellow diver Qin Kai, proposed to her on the podium.
As Zi, received her medal for the women’s 3-meter springboard event Sunday, August 14, Kai, – who had won a bronze medal in his own synchronized diving event last week – climbed onstage and got down on bended knee, pulling out an engagement ring in a red box.
“I didn’t know he would propose today and I didn’t expect myself to marry myself out so early,” said Zi, who tearfully accepted the proposal with a big hug.
“I saw him during the afternoon and he seemed to be memorizing something, so I asked him ‘what are you doing?’ and he said he was singing,” she told reporters.
“I’ve forgotten most of what he’s said (during the proposal), but it’s largely what you can expect like promises, but what touched me the most is that he said he was willing to be bullied by me for life,” she said.
Shi Tingmao, speaking to reporters after her gold medal win in the same event, said she had known about the proposal before the event, which Qin watched from the sidelines with the Chinese team.
“I’m really happy for them, because these years, be it career or relationships-wise, they have had to face a lot of pressure,” she said.