The GB divers in the end, took fourth place. In January, he was photographed with London Mayor Boris Johnson on the 10-metre board. 'Although it's a bronze medal, for me it's like a gold medal as it's a symbol of all the hard work I have put in. In the individual 10m platform, Daley placed first in the preliminaries (with an Olympic record score of 571.85 points, which was later broken by Chen Aisen in the finals). [27] A few weeks later it was confirmed that Daley had enrolled at Plymouth College. Interview With Tom Daley Following His Olympic 10m Diving Heartbreak. It must be awful being Peter Waterfield, Daley’s diving partner, who people keep mixing up with record producer Pete Waterman. At the 2016 FINA Diving World Series, which consisted of four competitions, Daley earned six medals. [36] The previous youngest winner was the Scottish swimmer Ian Black, who won a European gold in 1958 at the age of 17. He received an A* in his Photography A-level, and an A in his Spanish and Maths A-levels.[32]. Tom Daley reflects on winning his first Olympic medal with 10m Platform bronze at London 2012. In September 2003, he took part in an invitational event in Southampton where he won the 1 m, 3 m and platform events, and first made his mark on the wider audience. 11 Jun 2012 11 Jun 2012 From the section Olympics European Champion Tom Daley talks exclusively to BBC Sport's Nick Hope about how proud he is to be selected for the Team GB Olympic … As of 2019, Daley has over 800,000 subscribers with over 100 million views. ', Close contest: Qiu Bo was in contention throughout, Leading man: Tom Daley took the lead with one round to go. 307C: Reverse 3 1/2 Somersault Tucked (3.4 Tariff), 407C: Inward 3 1/2 Somersault Tucked (3.2 Tariff), 5172B: Forward 3 1/2 Somersault w/ 1 Twist Piked (3.6 Tariff), 626B: Armstand Back Triple Somersault Piked (3.5 Tariff), 109C: Forward 4 1/2 Somersault Tucked (3.7 Tariff), 207B: Back 3 1/2 Somersault Piked (3.6 Tariff). Tom Daley celebrating after winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. Pyeongchang 2018 . In 2017, he won World silver with Grace Reid in the mixed 3-metre springboard synchronised event. Later in 2007, he won the senior platform title at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) National Championships, the national championship for English divers. [132] Other social media platforms on which Daley is active include Facebook,[133] Instagram[134] and Twitter. Tom Daley says it would be a dream come true to win Olympic gold after his place at London 2012 was confirmed. It was broadcast live on BBC One and when interviewed he said "Marking the one year to go, by diving in the Aquatics Centre is an incredible honour. Thomas Robert Daley (born 21 May 1994)[2] is an English diver, television personality and YouTube vlogger. Perhaps more has happened in the life of Daley than any other athlete who appeared at the last Olympics in Beijing. Only a few years ago, this was a distant dream. BeanymanSports. [81][82], In January 2013, Daley was involved in the ITV celebrity diving show Splash!, where he was an expert adviser to the celebrity contestants. A second event was held in the same venue three days later to replace the Sheffield DWS event which was cancelled because of the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. Casually, we reminded ourselves that he was still at school; yet since Beijing, he has grown more than five inches in height to 5ft 9½in, and now weighs a muscular 11st 4lb, at least 25lb heavier than he had been when he became the second youngest athlete in history to represent Team GB at an Olympic Games. I just can't wait to go and see my family and just have a massive bundle. In April 2009 he started to dive with Max Brick, who is two years his senior, compared with the twelve-year gap with Aldridge. With Waterfield, he won the 10m platform synchronised competition. [138], On 30 September 2018, he was the guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. I remember an interview about one of his biggest problems since i.e. Team GB. [77] He had offered an exemplary performance under the most intense scrutiny. He said: "I've never been happier. [113][114] Daley and Black married at Bovey Castle in Devon on 6 May 2017. In 2014 Daley hosted a six-part travel series for ITV2 called Tom Daley Goes Global. His coach, Andy Banks, had already arrived to register his own displeasure at the number of flash bulbs from cameras within the audience. 5:35. Daley was the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist in the event. [52][53], In the March 2010 FINA Diving World Series event in Qingdao individual 10m competition, Daley showcased his two new dives and finished in 4th place, 520.35 points (his best score of the year). I can't wait for next year and the honour of representing Team GB. Daley decided not to undertake an International Baccalaureate course because of the pressures he faced in his preparation for the 2012 Olympics. Banks was the first to hug him, a clasp round the shoulders that acknowledged how far they had travelled together. Daley was not the least bit disappointed. [110], In the video, he did not use the words "gay" or "bisexual", but did say "Of course I still fancy girls." Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. [68] Three weeks later, in the Moscow event, Daley won silver in the individual platform event, while the pairing finished fifth in the synchro. [121] Daley and Black do not share pictures with their son's face online or on social media accounts. After losing my dad, and all the tough experiences and hard times, it's about time my family had some good news. Daley has won world, European and Commonwealth title and aims to add Olympic gold at the 2016 Rio Games. Beckham had been texting Daley, and Prime Minister David Cameron had been to see him. Tom Daley's wait for an Olympic medal in London was put on hold after he and Pete Waterfield finished fourth in the 10 metre platform synchro this afternoon. "[112], Daley announced his engagement to Black on 1 October 2015. ♠ with Grace Reid "My dream is to win an Olympic gold medal," he says. [42][43] In March 2009 he improved his personal best to 540.70 in coming third at a Diving World Series event in China,[44] and the following month he improved it to 540.85 while finishing second at the World Series event in Sheffield. "USA diving has four medals at the (London) Olympics, and maybe 1992 was … [124][125] In response, the-then UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat that he would raise concerns about gay rights with leaders of countries where homosexuality is illegal. In the 2018 FINA Diving World Series, Daley has won 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal in Beijing (3m Mixed and 10m Synchro), 1 silver medal in Fuji (3m Mixed), 1 silver medal in Montreal (3m Mixed), and 1 silver medal in Kazan (3m Mixed). Short-listed to the final three for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award in 2008. Tom Daley has insisted he is not competing for second place at London 2012 because China — who won all 10 gold diving gold medals at last year’s World Championships — are beatable. [28], Daley took his GCSEs in small batches to fit around his diving commitments. [10], After the 2012 Summer Olympics and a summer of great sporting interest amongst the public in the UK, television network ITV approached Daley to have a role in their new celebrity diving reality TV show Splash! In the season's opening meet of the FINA Diving World Series, in Beijing, Daley conceded that the new dive still needed "work to be done" on it, as he failed to qualify for the final round. Tom Daley is dreaming of winning Olympic diving gold in front of a home crowd at London 2012 Tue 15 Feb 2011 03.09 EST First published on Tue 15 Feb 2011 03.09 EST Share on Facebook [91], For the 2015 season, Daley dropped the "demon dive" (backward 2.5 somersault with 2.5 twists, piked) which he had experienced difficulty with for several years, and replaced it with a forward 3.5 somersaults with one twist, which he called his "firework" dive and displayed for the first time at the British championships in Plymouth in February. Tom Daley has claimed that he is not ruling out the possibility of winning a gold medal at the Olympics.. 2:19. [127][128][129][130] Prime Minister Theresa May said she "deeply regretted" Britain's historical legacy of anti-gay laws across the British Commonwealth. [115] On 14 February 2018, Daley announced via his Instagram account that he and his husband were expecting their first child through surrogacy,[116][117][118] which caused some criticism due to the ethical issues surrounding surrogacy. [47] Daley won the individual event in a new personal best of 554.90, scoring a perfect set of seven 10s for one of his dives. [58] Daley took part in the 3m springboard diving competition and finished in 9th place. [136][137], In October 2017, Daley hosted the Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards for the first time. 'I wish my dad could have been here,' said Daley. [102], Daley partnered with Matty Lee starting in October 2018 in the men's synchronised 10-metres platform. He also competed in the 14–15 category at the 2005 Aachen Junior International, placing second in platform and third in 3 m springboard. The final round began in dramatic form when Daley's star status almost led to his undoing – a large number of camera flashes while he was diving distracted him and he only scored 75 points; a protest to the referee resulted in him being allowed to retake the dive, when he scored 91.80. The Tom-speculation was feverish. @ with Peter Waterfield Olympic Games. [59] He won BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2010 for the third time in his career, and is the first person to receive this award three times. For the 2011 season, Daley was paired in the synchronised competitions with 2004 Athens Olympic silver medallist Peter Waterfield in British Swimming's continuing efforts to find the best synchro pairing for the 2012 Olympics. [38] In the Olympic synchronised 10m platform competition, they placed eighth,[39] while in the individual 10m platform competition he finished seventh.[40]. Tom Daley has claimed that he is not ruling out the possibility of winning a gold medal at the Olympics.. "[109] His spouse is American film screenwriter, director and producer Dustin Lance Black. Tom Daley spectacularly won the Olympic medal his late father Rob always believed was his destiny. [18], In June 2004, the month after his tenth birthday,[19] he won the platform competition in the National Junior (under-18) group, making him the youngest winner of that event. Some in the British media reported that in competing he would become the youngest-ever male British Olympian,[37] until it was ascertained that Ken Lester, cox to the rowing pair at the 1960 Summer Olympics, had been 13 years and 144 days old at the time. ** semi-final result, Daley created a YouTube channel on 23 August 2010. Britain's Tom Daley The 10m dive that won bronze for Daley at the 2012 London Olympics has to be the most important of his career — so far. 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