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World champion UK diver Tom Daley adored even more as a DIY knitter

World champion British diver Tom Daley adored even more as a knitter, crocheter and wellness content creator ahead of the Fourth Olympics

On May 1, a British diver Tom daley, whose passage to the Olympics was already secured by her synchronized bronze medal at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea in 2019, won the FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo with Matty lee in the men’s 10-meter synchronized final. He followed up with a gold medal for himself in the men’s 10-meter individual final on May 4.

Two weeks later, on May 16, he won gold with Lee at the European Aquatic Championships in Budapest, winning his first European title in synchronized 10-meter history. Individually he came right behind the Russian Alexandre bondar in the 10-meter final to win silver, ending the gold streak he had won during his final Olympic years in 2008, 2012 and 2016. However, his score of 109.15 for his 4.5 forwards in somersault was a career high. Then, on May 21, the young athlete, husband and father turned 27. Just when it seemed like Daley couldn’t be busier, more dedicated, or more successful, there was this…

The weekend right after his birthday he posted a photo of himself knitting pajamas on both his official Instagram account and @madewithlovebytomdaley, a distinct profile for his background in knitting and crochet. Yes, knitting and crochet.

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His nifty account already has 74.4 thousand subscribers and climbs to the 2 million followers of his main profile. More and more people are hanging on to the extra character of Daley and becoming fans after a bit of buzz last fall and this spring in UK publications about his hobbies.

Daley grew up doing crafts, but his knitting and crochet activities began in early 2020, when COVID-19 caused a waiting game for Olympic athletes. Daley’s husband, D. Black Lance, first suggested the activity to Tom, saying he had seen people knitting on set during his work as an American screenwriter, director and producer of film and television.

Although his first samples were far from perfect, Daley dove into art and quickly became hooked on crochet, too. As he says on a podcast called The LoveCrafts Show, he found that knitting helps him pay attention without thinking too much and be productive without stressing out.

He began to take his plans with him while training and competing. To his surprise, many other divers (eg from Russia and Australia) and coaches (eg from China) shared his new passion. With their guidance and the help of instructional videos on YouTube, Daley’s skills improved quickly.

Even now at the peak of his diving training and competition, he produces a new piece every two or three days, often as private gifts for close friends. Things he made for the public include an ugly rainbow sweater, a cozy striped tea set, a plush unicorn, a lilac-colored cat sofa for his mother’s dear pet, and even a pair of swimsuits that probably wouldn’t outlive a single one. of his dives but looks great on (him).

In more humanitarian efforts, he made a blanket for a boy named Jake, who has a rare genetic mutation called pontocerebellar hypoplasia PCH causing brain shrinkage. He also composed his first downloadable crochet pattern for a Granny Belt Sweater priced at £ 2.50 / $ 3.55 for the benefit of Brain Tumor Charity. This arrangement is in memory of Daley’s father, who died in 2011 at the age of 40 by brain cancer.

Perhaps the moment that caught Daley’s most attention in UK pop culture this spring was when he posted a handmade imitation of a £ 1,750 Gucci dress. , sported by her “best” blonde, social influencer. Sophie lee. A month before Instagram’s revealing activity, he had set up a video – hair still wet from a session at the pool – showing the article on the ground. The entry of the vlog was on 25e on 49 episodes of his “Daley Diaries” series launched on September 9, 2020 to document his journey to the Tokyo Games.

Daley’s YouTube channel has 867,000 subscribers. Adding that to his 2.2 million Twitter followers, Daley is by far the most followed aquatic Olympian in the world.

For a diver, still somewhat in the shadow of the most watched competitive Olympic swimming event, medals and beauty alone might not have been enough to generate such sustained and growing popularity. Aside from his athleticism, aesthetics, charisma and utter adoration, Tom is a prolific and serious content creator who is generous in showing the everyday dimensions of his life with his own narrative voice.

Tom daley

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From his London home, dark hotel rooms, a walk-in closet fitted with a shelf full of skeins of yarn, aquatic centers and even a COVID testing session, the diver answered random questions from the public, count kept playing competitions, and disclosed his personal competition rituals, diving training tips, secrets of babysitting and other hobbies (plant care), bad habits (biting nails), her favorite foods (Indian) and even blemishes on her face.

He is also the author of several books of an official autobiography (2012), a fanciful story of consequences co-written with celebrities like Kate Moss and the musical group One Direction (2015), a collection of healthy recipes (2016), and a guide to cultivating healthy habits (2018). The next step is Coming for the air: what I learned from sport, fame and fatherhood, to be published in October.

Like his Twitter message attests in a meme in partnership with Adidas, “Where some see a diving platform, I see a platform to spread love and positivity.”

Since revealing his homosexuality in 2013, he has been an outgoing activist in the LGBTQ community. Earlier this year, he said he would support any athlete who wishes to speak out at the Olympics despite the IOC’s recent strengthening of Rule 50, which bans politically, religious or racial-themed protests or “propaganda.” during the Games.

As die-hard in sharing his daily life as he throws himself off a 10-meter platform, Daley knits, crochets, cooks, raises children and earns his way to his fourth Olympics as more than a dominant athlete. , but also a role that we can identify as a model for the global community.

Margarita W. Wilson

The author Margarita W. Wilson