‘I feel very empowered’: Diver Tom Daley discusses being openly gay after winning gold

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Tom Daley and his diving partner, Matty Lee, brought home a trophy for Team Great Britain Monday on the synchronized 10-meter platform dive, and therefore the victory was especially meaningful for Daley in his second Olympics as an open shirt lifter. Daley came to call at a YouTube video in 2013 shortly after he began dating his now-husband, Dustin Lance Black. consistent with Outsports, there are 168 openly LGBTQ+ athletes competing at the Tokyo Games, which is triple the then-record total from the 2016 Olympics (56).

“I feel incredibly proud to mention that I’m a shirt lifter and also an Olympic champion,” Daley said via the Olympic News Service after winning gold. “I feel very empowered by that.” The Tokyo Games are Daley’s fourth Olympics and his first partnered with Matty Lee within the synchronized event. Daley became a sensation in Great Britain after he competed in his first Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he was just 14 years old. He holds two prior bronze Olympic medals, one from the 10-meter platform dive in 2012 and one from the synchronized 10 meters in 2016.

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions on international visitors and fans, Daley had to go away with his husband and 3-year-old son, Robbie, back range in the UK. Daley said the trophy was particularly important to him because he wanted his son to ascertain him compete, albeit he could only watch on television. “It’s unbelievable, especially after Rio 2016, once I was extremely disappointed because I assumed that’d be my best chance of a medal,” Daley said. “But my husband said my story doesn’t end there. He said our son was getting to watch me become an Olympic champion, and there’s an entire lot of your chosen family out here to support you.”

Daley and Lee came out on top after an intense showdown with China on the 10-meter platform. They posted a complete score of 471.81, just 1.23 points before the Chinese duo. Daley and Lee won the ECU and World Cup titles together earlier this year, and that they add Great Britain’s first-ever Olympic trophy within the event to their list of accolades. Daley’s journey in Tokyo isn’t finished yet. He will compete again on Aug. 6 within the individual 10-meter platform dive, where he will face Cao Yuan, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist and one half the Chinese synchro pair that challenged Daley and Lee.

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