Lilly King, the accomplished swimmer, received a heartfelt surprise after her race at the US Olympic trials

By Jurassic JennJun 25, 2024 18:37 PMSport
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Lilly King. Source: edition.cnn.com

Lilly King, the accomplished swimmer who has her sights set on Olympic success, received a heartfelt surprise after her race at the US Olympic trials. Following a second-place finish in the 200m breaststroke final in Indianapolis, King's longtime boyfriend, James Wells, appeared on the pool deck to propose to her, SSP reported.

Expressing his unwavering support and commitment, Wells professed that he had no regrets about moving halfway across the country to be with King. And then, with a heartfelt gesture, he knelt on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. Overwhelmed with joy and surprise, King exclaimed, "Yes, yes!" in response to the proposal.

Speaking to NBC, Wells explained that the location of the trials in King's home state provided the perfect opportunity to take this significant step in their relationship. He emphasized the significance of having King surrounded by a supportive crowd during this momentous occasion.

Prior to the engagement, King had already secured her spot in the upcoming Summer Games by winning the 100m breaststroke final. With this achievement, she would be participating in her third Olympics. King's stellar career includes notable achievements such as winning gold in the women's 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Rio Olympics and being part of the US team that clinched gold in the women's 4x100m medley relay at the same Games.

Building on her success, she claimed the 100m breaststroke world title and set a world record time at the 2019 World Championships. Additionally, King played a significant role in the US team's triumph in setting a world record in the 4x100m medley relay.

In the Tokyo Olympics, King's stellar performance earned her two bronze medals in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events. This inspiring swimmer continues to impress with her skill and dedication, reaching new heights in her swimming career.

Undoubtedly, Lilly King's engagement marks a significant milestone in her personal life, bringing an extra layer of joy and love to her journey towards Olympic success.

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