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Chinese Diver He Zi Picks Up Silver Medal and Engagement Ring in Rio

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

See? It’s not all bad news there.

Diver He Zi didn’t get gold in the women’s 3-meter springboard diving final on Sunday. But she still walked away with a ring.

Fellow Chinese diver Qin Kai surprised her just after the medal ceremony when he met her poolside and proposed. Qin dropped down to one knee and held up a small red box with a ring. Qin slipped the ring on the silver medal-winning He’s finger and handed her a rose contained in a glass case.

With a big smile on her face, He covered her mouth and gave her new fiance a hug. The couple received a big cheer from the crowd as they left the pool.

Sure, there have been some bad stories coming out of the games in Rio, but there has been a lot of good too. As one who wrote quite a bit about the potential for disaster in these Olympics, I can say that most of it has been a pleasant surprise thus far.

Any man who has ever proposed in a very public place has to give props to Qin Kai for this. If proposals were assigned difficulty factors this one would be through the roof, what with the potential for embarrassment in front of millions. Thankfully, his execution was flawless and he’ll leave these games a winner.