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Five post-win marriage proposals after Lam Hin-chung’s Asian Games question popper

There were cheers and plenty of tears when fencer Lam went down on one knee at the Asian Games. Here are five more pitch proposals made after sportsmen had a major win

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 August, 2018, 5:48pm
UPDATED : Friday, 24 August, 2018, 5:48pm

After winning a bronze medal in fencing at the Asian Games, Hong Kong’s Lam Hin-chung got down on one knee and proposed to his long-time girlfriend Nicole in front of media and fans in Jakarta on Thursday.

Volunteers at the event helped Lam prepare a bouquet with 99 roses, and right after the medal ceremony for the men’s team sabre competition, the fencer popped the question to Nicole, who accepted immediately.

“I am now double happy,” the fencer said afterwards.

It was a happy day for everyone except Lam’s teammate Terence Lee Chak-fung, who shed tears as the couple kissed. It seems that Lee had been in charge of setting up the music to create a romantic atmosphere, but ended up playing the song prematurely, spoiling the moment.

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The couple didn’t seem to care about the mistake, and they are now happily engaged.

Lam’s proposal reminds us of five other times sportsmen popped the question to their girlfriends during career-changing moments.

 

Greg Jones and Mandy Piechowski

New York Giants linebacker Greg Jones decided to go big after his team’s Super Bowl victory in 2012, proposing to his girlfriend, former basketball player Mandy Piechowski, right on the pitch.

“She was bawling,” Jones later explained to the Newark Star-Ledger. “I was like, ‘I don’t know how long she’s going to keep crying’.”

The best possible way to end a unique day for Jones.

Collin Hartman and Hayley Daniel

Indiana University player Collin Hartman decided to propose on the field to his long-time girlfriend and IU cheerleader, Hayley Daniel, after his team defeated Northwestern 63-62.

“I know it is typically an intimate moment, but our lives have been so much about this university and everything that Indiana University has done for us,” he later explained.

 Rafael Cabrera and Marlyn Sanchez

Miami Marlins’ Rafael Cabrera put a lot of thought into how to propose to his girlfriend, Marlyn Sanchez, this May. The baseball player asked his team to help him to catch his girlfriend off guard with an elaborate ruse in Marlins Park stadium, in Miami’s Little Havana, where they both grew up.

Sanchez, who often sings the national anthem, was asked to throw the ceremonial first pitch of the game before her performance.

Immediately after, Cabrera, who had been dressed as the catcher, walked to her girlfriend and proposed. Of course, she said ‘yes’.

Ben Lecomte and Trinah Dang

Ben Lecomte knew the first thing he wanted to do after swimming across the Atlantic Ocean. After a 73-day journey, the long-distance swimmer proposed to his girlfriend, Trinah Dang, using a message written on his flippers.

He is currently trying to cross the Pacific Ocean, and left the coast of Japan two months ago.

 

Ian Johnson and Chrissy Popadics

Another marriage coming up from the post-Super Bowl furore: in 2007, Boise State running back Ian Johnson proposed to his girlfriend, cheerleader Chrissy Popadics.

After helping the Broncos win the Super Bowl, Johnson told Fox reporter Chris Myers that he was going to propose to his girlfriend during a live interview.

But, as the studio pressed Myers to wrap up the interview, the reporter decided to put Johnson on the spot, saying to him: “Well I know you’re going to propose to your girlfriend, so congratulations.”

Johnson immediately got on one knee and asked Popadics to be his wife. It was a big ‘yes’.