If you needed more evidence that the Midwest is the most romantic region of the United States, here you go:
This weekend at the Missouri Grand Prix swim meet, three-time Olympic medalist and Chicagoland native Matt Grevers proposed to his girlfriend and Team USA teammate Annie Chandler from the medal stand.
Grevers, a Northwestern alum, won the 100 backstroke (the event in which he won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing). During the medal ceremony he asked Chandler, a breaststroke specialist, to join him on the stand, where he popped the question.
How he fit an engagement ring in his racing suit is anybody’s guess.
Here’s the video:
Had Grevers not won the 100 backstroke, his proposal would have been delayed.
So, if you ever need a little extra motivation during a race, plan to offer the love of your life your hand in matrimony if and only if you win.