Why marriage proposals and sport don’t mix
Sections of the internet have been aghast at the latest example of a public proposal at an inopportune sporting moment – in this case, New Jersey firefighter Dennis Galvin, who interrupted his girlfriend’s first attempt to run a marathon by leaping over the barriers to ask her to marry him as she hit the 16-mile mark.
The proposal – captured on video by Galvin’s cousin – was shared on social media to much derision. While Kaitlyn Curran said yes, observers questioned whether Galvin had picked the right moment for a romantic gesture. “Wow, my girlfriend is going to accomplish something pretty remarkable, something she’s trained for months to achieve … What can I do to make it all about me?” was one online comment. Others questioned how easy it would be to get back into the rhythm of a marathon, having been proposed to.
It is far from the first time that a man has stolen the limelight from his partner’s sporting achievement. In 2016, at the Rio Olympics, silvermedal-winning diver He Zi was proposed to by colleague Qin Kai as she stepped down from the podium. Her face-palm in the pictures was likely a result of emotion, but plenty face-palmed on her behalf at how her moment of glory had been turned into a sideshow to the proposal.
Of course, every relationship is different. You cannot tell from the outside whether a public proposal has come as a complete surprise, or whether the discussion of marriage has already taken place in private.
Perhaps the true hero of the public proposal at a sporting event is Francisco Gilabert. Gilabert was refereeing the match between Antofagasta and Everton de Viña del Mar in Chile last month. Antofagasta’s Eduard Bello opened the scoring for his side within just two minutes, grabbed a ring from the dugout and jumped into the stands to propose to his girlfriend. Showing no room for sentimentality, Gilabert duly showed Bello a yellow card for “excessive celebration”.
I am sure there are plenty who think it really should have been a red.
Qin Kai 2016 Olympics proposes to He Zi at the