VIDEO: Coach Proposes to Athlete Right After Tokyo Olympics 2020 Loss

Published 07/27/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
Argentine fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice hugs her coach of 17 years, Lucas Guillermo Saucedo, after he proposed marriage to her on the sidelines of the Olympic fencing at Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba, Japan July 26, 2021. Picture taken July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Sakura Murakami


Although they take a lot of courage, marriage proposals aren’t that rare at the Olympic Games. In recent editions, various athletes broke the question to their partners during the Games, and that tradition continued at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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Argentine fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice received a surprise of this kind from her coach, Lucas Guillermo Saucedo. Saucedo broke the question during her post-match interview yesterday, which left her short of words.

Argentinian fencer receives creative marriage proposal from her coach at Tokyo Olympics 2020

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On Day 3 of the Tokyo Olympics, Perez Maurice took on Anna Marton in the first round of the individual sabre category. Although she put on a competitive display, the Argentine lost 15-12 to the World No. 5. This loss meant she replicated her result from the 2012 London Olympics.

However, little did the World No. 38 know her coach was going to surprise her after the match. While Perez Maurice took questions from the media, Saucedo held up a handwritten note with the words, “Will you marry me, please?” written in Spanish.

Although she didn’t notice it initially, the reporter motioned her to take a look at her coach, who stood behind her. While she shed tears of joy, they shared a warm embrace after Saucedo’s proposal.

The 36-year-old fencer shared a relationship with her coach for the last 17 years. In fact, Saucedo first proposed to Perez Maurice 11 years ago at the world championships in Paris, which she rejected. However, there wasn’t to be a second rejection for Saucedo this time.

Saucedo explained how the time was right on this occasion. He said, “I love her, and when she lost the match she got very sad, so maybe this proposal should change her mentality. I wrote on the paper in the moment.”

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Perez Maurice: We are going to celebrate!

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After composing herself, the fencer revealed a celebration was in order for the couple when they head back to Argentina.

Argentine fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice hugs her coach of 17 years, Lucas Guillermo Saucedo, after he proposed marriage to her on the sidelines of the Olympic fencing at Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba, Japan July 26, 2021. Picture taken July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Sakura Murakami

She said, “We are very happy. We are very good partners. 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. We are going to celebrate in Buenos Aires with a big barbecue.”

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Although COVID-19 restrictions will delay their travel plans, expect the newly engaged couple to enjoy a fiesta upon their return home.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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