Argentine fencer Maria Perez Maurice lost the Tokyo Games on Monday but she has an Olympic to remember as she received a marriage proposal from her coach.
Perez Maurice, 36, was on a television interview when coach Lucas Guillermo Saucedo appeared behind her with a written note saying “do you want to marry me?” in Spanish.
“They (the reporters) told me to turn around and he had the letter. I forgot everything. I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ ”said Perez Maurice, who has been in a relationship with Saucedo for 17 years.
“We are very happy. We are good partners. Of course, we have fights, but we enjoy each other’s time. We love each other very much and want to spend our lives together.
“We are going to celebrate in Buenos Aires with a big barbecue.”
The 51-year-old Saucedo succeeded this second time of asking after having a first proposal in Paris turned down after the 2010 world championships.
She said no. he said “After the competition, we went for coffee and a walk, and then I asked her, and she told me ‘It’s a joke. No, I’m young, maybe in the future.’
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“I loved her, and when she lost the game, she was devastated. So, perhaps this proposal would change her mind. I wrote on a piece of paper at the time. If she had won, no. I would have waited for the moment.”