Olympic champion Tom Daley, 27, has spoken out about how proud he feels to be a gay man AND a first-time Olympic gold medalist. This is Daley’s first win since his Olympic debut in 2008.
Daley won gold alongside fellow diver Matty Lee. The pair achieved first place in the men’s synchronised 10m platform. Prior to his win, Daley also won bronze in the 10m platform at London 2012, another bronze in the 10m synchro alongside Daniel Goodfellow in 2016, and two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.
Daley came out as gay in 2013 and has since married Dustin Lance Black, with whom he shares three-year-old son Robbie. The diver could be seen welling up on the Olympic podium yesterday and has since opened up about how he never thought he’d achieve anything ‘because of who [he] was’.
According to The Guardian, ‘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.’
Discussing being an Olympian and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Daley continued: ‘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.’, he added.