A resurfaced video of an Ironman Triathlon competitor proposing to his partner while suffering from intense cramps has sparked a debate, with some praising the athlete while others said the gesture was “the less romantic” they have ever seen.
In the viral video, which was re-shared this week by Instagram account @goodnews_movement, it shows the 2021 moment that the contestant, identified by triathlon magazine as Spaniard Cristian Moriatiel crossed the finish line after the grueling Ironman race in Talinn, Estonia, to immediately attempt to get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend.
However, the athlete’s muscles were unable to hold the position after hours of strenuous activity, with the video showing Moriatiel wincing in pain as his legs cramped up.
Moriatiel then fell to the ground on the stage, prompting the challenge organizers to hurry and attempt to help him up so he could finish asking his girlfriend to marry him.
As the organizers quickly kneaded and massaged the athlete‘s muscles, Moriatiel got down on one knee before asking the question. The final moment was met with cheers from the crowd of onlookers, with the announcer telling the crowd, “She said yes!” before turning to the athlete’s girlfriend and confirming: “Did you say yes?”
The video ends with Moriatiel placing the ring on his fiancée’s finger as she knelt down to kiss him.
Captioning the video, the Instagram account wrote, “No leg cramps bad enough to stop him proposing. He did!” with the Ironman mantra #AnythingIsPossible.
In the comments, viewers were split on the unique proposition, with some applauding the athlete for the perseverance it took to complete the race and then propose, while others suggested there might be a better way. opportunity for Moriatiel to ask the question.
“It’s so nice. The effort,” one person commented, while another said, “It seems so painful but it’s nice lol.
“Simply amazing. Nothing could have stopped him from achieving his dream,” someone else said of the proposal.
However, others were less impressed with the proposal, with some arguing that Moriatiel might have been better off choosing a time when he was not in agony.
“This is the most unromantic and weirdest proposal I’ve ever seen,” one person wrote on TikTok, where the Ironman Estonia account shared the video of the proposal.
Another said: ‘It’s just embarrassing’, while someone else wrote: ‘It would make me nauseous.’
The video also prompted some to claim Moriatiel made the proposal about himself, rather than his partner, with one viewer suggesting it was proof the athlete was a “narcissist”.
“Was this proposal for her or him?” someone else asked, while another person said, “Most forgiving proposal ever.”
Others joked that Moriatiel’s severe leg cramps should have been a sign of delaying the proposal, with one viewer writing: “Even his hamstrings were telling him not to.”