American swimmer Lilly King will get engaged moments after qualifying for Olympics in 200-meter breaststroke

American swimmer Lilly King will get engaged moments after qualifying for Olympics in 200-meter breaststroke

American swimmer Lilly King is headed to Paris subsequent month with some additional {hardware} after the two-time Olympic gold medalist’s longtime boyfriend popped the query following her second place end within the girls’s 200-meter breaststroke on the U.S. Olympic trials on Thursday night time. 

King, who already certified along with her win within the girls’s 100-meter breaststroke, was strolling off the pool deck at Lucas Oil Stadium after qualifying for her second particular person occasion when her boyfriend, former Indiana College swimmer James Wells, approached her. 

Lilly King of the USA seems to be on previous to the Ladies’s 200m breaststoke remaining on Day Six of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Crew Swimming Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium on June 20, 2024, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Photographs)

“Getting to observe you during the last 4 years, each out and in of the pool, and simply to see you develop has been so superior,” Wells mentioned in a video shared by NBC Sports activities. 

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“I do not remorse for a minute dropping my job and shifting midway throughout the nation for us to maneuver in collectively. It has been superior, and I’m very excited to see the place this goes. So, expensive, I used to be questioning, Lilly Camille King, will you marry me?”

King, 27, mentioned “sure” instantly and the couple sealed their engagement with a kiss.

Kate Douglass and Lilly King

Kate Douglass waves to the group as Lilly King of the USA exhibits off her engagement ring throughout a ceremony after the Ladies’s 200m breaststoke remaining on Day Six of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Crew Swimming Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium on June 20, 2024, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Sarah Stier/Getty Photographs)

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“I didn’t see it” Crew USA’s Ryan Murphy mentioned of King’s engagement. 

“That’s unbelievable. I’d love to listen to her response to how it’s to get proposed to fully out of breath and soaked. That’s unimaginable. She have to be driving an absolute excessive.”

King mentioned in an interview after the proposal that she had been fully caught off guard, however former teammate Annie Lazor did counsel she put her hair down simply moments earlier than. 

Lilly King in the women's 100m

Lilly King of the USA competes within the Ladies’s 100m breaststroke remaining on Day Three of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Crew Swimming Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium on June 17, 2024, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Maddie Meyer/Getty Photographs)

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King, a five-time Olympic medalist, will seem in her third Summer time Video games subsequent month. She final gained the silver medal within the girls’s 200-meter breaststroke and bronze within the 100-meter in Tokyo.

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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