The English athlete, gold medalist in Tokyo 2020 paired with Matty Lee, has a husband, director Dustin Lance Black, Oscar winner for the screenplay of Milk, and a son named Robbie
Gold medalist in synchronized diving paired with Matty Lee, the English athlete Tom Daley is also a knitting champion. The images of him, sitting in the stands, relaxing with his crochet hook watching the final of the women’s three-meter springboard have gone around the world. A passion that of knitting to which the British athlete has even dedicated an Instagram page entitled “Made with love by Tom Daley” which after the conquest of gold has exceeded 400 thousand followers. The 27-year-old originally from Plymouth had already told of having discovered both needles and crochet during the lockdown, being fascinated by it and deciding that he wanted to deepen this type of manual art. A passion that allows Daley to also do charity: a rainbow sweater he made, in fact, raised almost 6,000 pounds on a crowdfunding platform in 14 days. Funds for the fight against brain tumors, the disease that struck and killed Daley’s father in 2011.
Medals and Rights
But this champion has so much more to say and, above all, no fear in doing so. “I am very proud to be a gay man and an Olympic champion,” he said with the medal he had just won around his neck. Tom Daley had already revealed his homosexuality eight years ago but this time, from Tokyo, his words have had a worldwide echo and have also rebounded in countries where LGBTQ + communities are frowned upon. “I hope every LGBT person can understand that no matter how lonely they may feel, they are not alone. You can reach any milestone, and the family you choose will be ready to support you, ”said the 27-year-old, who was applauded at home by her husband, director Dustin Lance Black, Oscar winner for Milk’s screenplay, and their son Robbie.
Now Daley is one of more than 140 LGBTQ athletes competing in Tokyo, but when he made his debut at the Games at the age of 14, the situation was very different: «When I was young I felt alone, it always seemed to me not to be good for society. I was afraid of not being able to get anything for what I was ». At the fourth Olympics, after two bronzes in 2012 and 2016, gold finally arrived. Unexpected because a knee injury threatened to oust Daley from Tokyo, and because China was aiming to confirm Rio’s gold pair Cao-Chen, both two-time Olympic champions, but guilty of a mistake in the fourth of six dives. It ended with the British at 471.81, the Chinese at 470.58 and the Russians Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev third by post. “At the announcement of the victory I started sobbing” said Daley, who then dedicated the success to his father Rob, who died at 40 from cancer in 2011: “He has never seen me win an Olympic medal, get married, have a son, he couldn’t teach me to drive or have a beer in the pub with me. ‘ There are those who fear that he may now retire, but the British has removed this scenario: now he is focused on the individual race.
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