The Rio Olympics have love in the air, with a Brazilian rugby player accepting a marriage proposal from her girlfriend on Monday night.
Isadora Cerullo of the ninth-place women’s rugby team took home something more valuable than a gold medal. Following the finals match between Australia and New Zealand, Cerullo’s girlfriend, Marjorie Enya, took to the field and proposed. Cerullo accepted. Instead of a ring, Enya tied a gold ribbon around Cerullo’s finger.
Cerullo and Enya have been together for two years and moved from the U.S. to Brazil so the North Carolina-born Cerullo could focus on making the country’s rugby team.
“The Olympic Games can look like closure but, for me, it’s starting a new life with someone,” Enya told the BBC. “I wanted to show people that love wins.”
Same sex marriage has officially been legal in Brazil since 2013, though same sex unions were recognized by the government since 2004.
The 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony took place on Friday night, with competition officially commencing on Saturday.
At the time of this publishing, the U.S. leads in the medal count with 20, including five gold medals. China is second with 13, also with five gold.
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his 23rd overall Olympic medal on Monday and his 19th gold for the 4x100m freestyle relay.