26 February 2012 / by Radmila Gurkova

Olympic Swimmer Proposes to Girlfriend on Medal Stand


Last weekend a two time gold medallist proposed to his girlfriend immediately after receiving his award for winning the 100-meter backstroke.

The whole proposal was concocted by Matt Grevers and his brother –  swimming coach –Andy Grevers, to get his girlfriend and swimming partner, Annie Chandler, up on the stage to present the award.

After the award Matt remained on the podium, got down on one knee and proposed to a shocked Annie.

Before he won the race he passed the Diamond ring to his brother – fortunately he won and was able to propose to his girlfriend as she gave him the award. The couple are planning to compete in the London 2012 Olympics so their wedding plans this year, will be on hold.

“I’ve just been waiting searching for a unique way to pop the question,” Grevers told reporters. “My whole family is here and I figured it would be a perfect opportunity and a unique situation”.


  • Where would you propose marriage?

  • What are the craziest ways to get married?

  • Is every wedding different to the last?


Word Image Definition Example Listen
Concocted   To devise; make up; contrive To concoct an excuse. Listen
Podium A small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, for a public speaker He gave his speech from the podium Listen
Propose To make an offer or suggestion, especially of marriage He proposed that a messenger be sent. Listen
Shocked Very surprised The news of his death shocked me. Listen
Award A decision after consideration; a judicial sentence. He was awarded custody of his children. Listen
Surprised Unexpected I was surprised to see John after all this years. Listen
Medal A flat piece of metal, often a disk issued to commemorate a person, action, or event A gold medal for the best swimmer. Listen
Race A group of people from same country with similar physical characteristics. The world would be boring with just one RACE. Listen


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