The Italian volleyball team is one step closer to Olympic gold after defeating Japan on Monday, but one team member already has a little bling of her own.
Italy's Antonella Del Core went to meet her boyfriend after the match. Already filled with the excitement of the win, Del Core didn't know she was about to experience another big moment when her boyfriend Francesco dropped to one knee and pulled out an engagement ring.
According to a press release from the International Volleyball Federation, the Italian wing spiker accepted his proposal after a few tears of joy.
The Olympics have unofficially sponsored another proposal in 2012. One torch bearer paused to propose to his girlfriend earlier this summer.
Other sports fans' proposals haven't gone as planned. Just this week, a Chicago Cubs fan's proposal lit up the jumbotron at Wrigley Field, but his girlfriend missed the Big Question when she went for a beer.
Click through the slideshow to see other proposals that didn't go as planned.
Disaster struck when Don Walling proposed to girlfriend Gina Pellicani in 2009 on the Brooklyn Bridge. But it wasn't because she said no. It was Walling himself who dropped the ring through a crack in the bridge onto the busy roadway below. Although the couple (and onlookers) were horrified at first, Walling was able to retrieve the ring and the band was only bent slightly in the fall. Looks like this proposal ended happily ever after.
In August 2010, Matt Cawley proposed to girlfriend Stacey Scanlon at a Cape Cod rock jetty overlooking the ocean. But Scanlon's excitement turned to dread as Scanlon dropped the heavy $9K ring, which was attached to an oversized sand dollar. The ring fell somewhere in between the rocks, and despite the efforts of the couple, lifeguards and beach-goers the ring was gone.
Uh oh. On Valentine's Day 2011, John Iverson accidentally dropped an heirloom engagement ring into a storm drain in downtown Denver. He was fumbling with the wedding band while his girlfriend, Kaitlyn, accepted his proposal and dropped it, but luckily firefighters came to the rescue. In less than an hour, they retrieved the ring -- but not before sifting through all of the mud and muck from the storm sewer.
In May, Denver-based brain surgeon Steve Carr panicked when he realized that he'd lost the engagement ring that he had hidden in the sand on the beach in Naples, Fla. He was just about to pop the question to Mary Naam, but unfortunately couldn't find the ring in the process. Eventually, a team of people, including a professional ring finder, helped to find the ring.
For two months, Josh Miller had been keeping his engagement ring in the pocket of an old winter coat until he was ready to propose. But when the time finally came to pop the question in April 2012, Miller realized that the coat was nowhere to be found -- he had mistakenly donated it to Goodwill. He called his girlfriend immediately, but she thought he was joking. Unfortunately, no updates have been reported on the whereabouts of the ring. via ABC
In 2009, 26-year-old pastor James Ng was about to pop the question to his girlfriend on a hot air balloon ride when he suddenly dropped the camera case holding his diamond engagement ring into the woods, 500 feet below. As soon as they hit the ground, Ng began searching for the camera bag. He scoured the woods for seven days until he finally found the ring. According to Ng, he'd been raising money for the ring for a year.