Olympic swimmer Matt Grevers really needed to come in first at the Missouri Grand Prix on Saturday night. If not, it would have put a damper on his plans. Proposing to your girlfriend from the medal stand is certainly original enough, but a gesture like that would be lacking a bit if not done from the highest point possible. Fortunately, Grevers won his race with a time of 53.57 seconds. He then popped the question to his girlfriend, Olympic hopeful Annie Chandler. She said yes.
"I asked her father for permission back at the end of November. And we needed to talk a little more until I really got it," Grevers said while smiling according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "But I got it, and I've just been searching for a unique way to try to pop the question."
In order to get her to the medal stand with Grevers, a meet coordinator told Chandler that they wanted her to present the award to the winner of the men's 100-backstroke. Since she had come in fifth place the previous day, Annie was surprised they would ask her. "You realize I got fifth ... yesterday?" she recalled thinking. "I don't really have any impressive credentials right now. I don't know you if you want me to do this." It didn't take her long to understand.
Nicely done, Grevers. You're as smooth as your aerodynamically shaven legs.
H/T to Outside the Boxscore for the video
- Matt Grevers