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

(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.

Torchbearer 032 David State and his new fiancee Christine Langham are shown on June 18, 2012 in Marske-by-the-Sea, England.
Torchbearer 032 David State and his new fiancee Christine Langham are shown on June 18, 2012 in Marske-by-the-Sea, England.   (Getty Images)
David State stops midway through his Torch Relay leg between Marske-by-the-Sea and Loftus, England to propose to his girlfriend Christine Langham before continuing the relay Monday June 18, 2012 .
David State stops midway through his Torch Relay leg between Marske-by-the-Sea and Loftus, England to propose to his girlfriend Christine Langham before continuing the relay Monday June 18, 2012 .   (AP Photo/LOCOG Chris Radburn/LOCOG/PA)
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