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And another Olympian duo are set to tie the knot!
- Updated: March 2, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Four years ago 2012 Olympic athletes LJ van Zyl and Irvette van Blerk tied the knot in marriage… now, four years later another Olympic duo look like going down the same road.
This time it’s a coming together of two different codes as mountain biker Phillip Buys and swimmer Karin Prinsloo became engaged on a sun-filled Monday evening in Cape Town this week.
The two athletes, now 27 and 26-years-old respectively, were also part of Team South Africa at the 2012 Olympics in London.
The weekend provided the tailor-made opportunity for Buys as he and Prinsloo were both in the Mother City on sporting business. Buys was taking part in the SA XCO Cup at Somerset West and Prinsloo was a few kilometres up the road in Stellenbosch for the final leg of the SA Grand Prix series.
Buys told Road to Rio 2016: ‘ We both had races in the Cape Town area and I thought that would be the ideal opportunity, and then after all our racing and some location scouting and a white lie to get her on to the beach at Camps Bay, I popped the question.
‘I took a video from my phone that I had on a small tripod. I told her we should take a beach photo and then I just switched it to video and recorded everything. I also had our team photographer hiding in the bushes to take a few cool still shots as well.
‘Really exciting times. We’ve been going out for a year and two months today. I did said then that my plans were long-term,’ he laughed.
Prinsloo and Buys both medalled at their respective events at the weekend but their truly golden moment clearly came on Monday evening.
For Prinsloo’s part she was caught off guard. ‘I didn’t expect anything until the last couple of minutes cause Phil started to act very strange and for some reason I started shivering out of control, like when it’s really cold and your teeth start to chatter… it was quite funny.
‘I was still waiting for him to put the “self-timer” on for a photo which turned out to be a video of him proposing.
‘But it was the best feeling ever! Phil has really helped me so much since the 2014 Commonwealth Games where all my difficulties started. I don’t think I would even still have been swimming if it wasn’t for him so I’m really grateful.
‘He actually wanted to ask me on Sunday but unfortunately I got food poisoning or a stomach bug and had to scratch from my 400 freetyle final Sunday morning so it was tough for me that I wasn’t able to swim seeing as I just recovered from a shoulder injury. So I think the proposal really helped to cheer me up again.’
And the big day? Says Buys. ‘I think it will be after the Rio Olympics, provided we both quality but there’s no fixed date yet.’
And Buys and Prinsloo weren’t the only Olympians getting moving on the marital front
Also this week 2012 Olympian Jacques van Zyl proposed to his long-time girlfriend Leané Els.
‘We’ve been together eight years and six months on Tuesday,’ Van Zyl told Road to Rio 2016.
‘I took her to Glenburn Spa in Muldersdrift for the day and we had some massages etc.
‘Then an awesome dinner in the wine cellar and to end it off they made up the room with fairy lights and rose petals where I proposed!’
See video below of the Double-Olympian proposal!