Olympic Torch Bearer Proposes During Relay
David State stopped mid-relay and handed off torch
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2012 2:18 PM CDT
Torchbearer 032 David State and his new fiancee Christine Langham are shown on June 18, 2012 in Marske-by-the-Sea, England.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Olympic torch bearers probably don't often stop in the middle of their relays, but David State had good reason: He got down on one knee today between England's Marske-by-the-Sea and Loftus, handed the torch to a security official, and proposed to his girlfriend Christine Langham. She said yes, the AP notes, which is a good thing, since State had a run to finish. He completed his relay after again grabbing the torch, and it continues its 8,000-mile journey around the UK prior to the Olympics' opening on July 27.

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