María Belén Pérez Maurice was in the middle of an interview when she turned around to find her coach, Lucas Guillermo Saucedo, asking her to marry him.
After screaming with joy, Guillermo Saucedo got down on one knee.
Pérez Maurice nodded yes and the two kissed passionately on live TV for all to see.
The interviewer revealed he had no clue what Guillermo Saucedo was planning. The proposal came right just after Pérez Maurice lost in the first round to Anna Márton of Hungary.
Pérez Maurice has not shied away from professing her love on social media. Recently she praised her “great teacher and life partner,” Guillermo Sacedo.
After Pérez Maurice received the news she would be heading to Tokyo, she wrote a thank you post to her team, including Guillermo Saucedo.
“Thank you for being my teacher, for helping me to constantly improve myself, thank you [for] thinking about how we can improve 24 hours a day,” she wrote in Spanish.
This past week, she reposted on her Instagram stories several times about the proposal, with one post, in particular, saying: [you] “don’t have to win a medal at the Olympics to leave a champion.”
“They [the press] told me to turn around, and he had the letter. I forgot everything. I was like, ‘Oh my god,’ ” Perez Maurice said after the proposal, per CNN.
The couple has been together for 15 years and met through fencing, according to USA Today. They started dating when Perez Maurice was 20, and when Saucedo proposed to her the first time in 2010, she told him she was too young. But that wasn’t exactly a “no” for the future.
“We are very happy. We are very good partners,” Perez Maurice said. “Of course, we have fights, but we enjoy each other’s time.”
“We love each other so much, and we want to spend our lives together,” she added. Saucedo admitted the proposal was not planned and if Perez Maurice hadn’t lost, he might have postponed it.
“I love her, and when she lost the match she got very sad, so maybe this proposal should change her mentality,” Saucedo told reporters, USA Today reported. “I wrote on the paper in the moment.”
“If she had won,” he added, “no, I would have waited for the moment.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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