U.S. triple jumper Will Claye said he knew Tuesday was going to be special right from the start.
First he won a silver medal, duplicating his feat from the 2012 London Games. Then he climbed into the stands at Olympic Stadium and proposed to his girlfriend, Queen Harrison.
She said yes.
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"I woke up this morning and I was like, today's going to be the best day of my life, and I wanted to take that next step with my girlfriend," said Claye, who jumped 58 feet, 3 inches for his second consecutive runner-up finish to U.S. teammate Christian Taylor, who jumped 58-7.
Claye, 25, put the engagement ring in his backpack and headed to the stadium. After his final jump, he said he immediately looked for a way to get to Harrison, 27, who ran the 400-meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and fell just short of qualifying for Rio in the 100 hurdles.
But there was one problem: Olympic Stadium has a huge gap between the track and stands, apparently a challenge even for a world-class jumper.
"I was like, how am I going to get over there?" Claye said.
He found a ledge and jumped, then fans pulled him up by his arms.
"I locked eyes with Queen," Claye said. "I pulled out the ring, said a few words, asked her if she would marry me.
"She said yes. Thankfully."