Tom Daley said it was knitting and crochet that helped him get through the lockdown during last year.
Everyone is loving the energy Tom Daley is bringing to the Olympics. The gold medallist was spotted knitting while watching the Tokyo women's diving final on Sunday. The 27-year-old British diver, who's gay, brought his A-game to the Olympics and secured gold on the synchronized 10-meter platform dive at the Tokyo Olympics. Participating in the Olympics means enduring immense pressure and Tom Daley appears to have turned to his hobby, knitting, to unwind as he caught up on other events in Tokyo, reported Yahoo News. Daley was spotted working with woolly pink thread, making what appears to be a hat. There were no British divers involved in the 3m women's final with China winning gold and silver.
Tom Daley's next event is on Friday when he participates in the individual men's 10m platform. Last week, Tom Daley and Matty Lee pipped China's Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen by one point to win Olympic diving gold in synchronized 10-meter platform dive for Great Britain. It's no surprise that Daley has turned to knitting to unwind and detach from the intense environment at the Tokyo Olympics. It's what kept him going through the lockdown year. "The one thing that has kept me sane throughout this whole process is my love for knitting, crocheting, and all things stitching," he said. Daley also started an Instagram page dedicated to his stitching work. He raised close to $8,000 for brain tumor charity by giving followers a chance to win a chunky rainbow jumper he made by himself. He also created a small pouch for the gold medal that he had already won. He had the Union flag on one side and the Japanese flag on the other. "It all tucks in nicely with a little pouch for me to carry around my little medal to stop it getting scratched." He has close to 390,000 followers on the 'Made with Love by Tom Daley' page.
As we reported, Tom Daley, who came out as gay in 2013, used this platform to lend his support to the LGBTQ community after clinching gold in synchronized 10-meter platform dive. “I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion. When I was younger I didn’t think I’d ever achieve anything because of who I was. To be an Olympic champion now just shows that you can achieve anything,” said Daley. He is married to film producer Dustin Lance Black and has a son with him, Robbie.
Daley debuted at the Olympics almost 13 years ago, winning bronze medals in London and Rio. Daley was hoping he could give encouragement to others looking up to him. “In terms of out athletes, there are more openly out athletes at these Olympic Games than any Olympic Games previously. I came out in 2013 and when I was younger I always felt like the one that was alone and different and didn’t fit. There was something about me that was never going to be as good as what society wanted me to be. I hope that any young LGBT person out there can see that no matter how alone you feel right now, you are not alone. You can achieve anything,” said Daley.
Tom Daley's knitting designs are so fun, dude is really good... pic.twitter.com/ZPbLokEG5Z— maryam 2.0 💫 (@luckyloopss) August 2, 2021
Tom Daley confined he had no plans to quit after the Tokyo Olympics but said that he would be taking a break. “You want to win an Olympic gold medal but never think you actually will. I will carry on, but I will definitely take a break. There are some beverages with my name on it to celebrate with my husband and family," said Daley. "This means an incredible amount. All athletes put in such hard work and dedication into our performances. To be an Olympic champion after four attempts at it feels extremely special.”