World Champ British Diver Tom Daley Further Adored As DIY Knitter

British world champion Tom Daley continues to be revered as a DIY knitter, crocheter and creator of feel-good content ahead of the fourth Olympics

British diver on May 1st Tom daley, whose Olympic victory was already secured by his synchronized bronze at the FINA World Championships 2019 in Gwangju, Korea, won the FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo Matty Lee in the men’s synchronized 10-meter final. He then won gold in the men’s 10-meter individual final on May 4th.

Two weeks later, on May 16, he won gold with Lee at the European Aquatics Championships in Budapest and his first ever European title for the synchronized 10-meter competition. Individually he ended up just behind Russia Alexander Bondar in the 10-meter final to take silver, ending the streak of gold he had won in his final Olympic years in 2008, 2012 and 2016. His score of 109.15 for his 4.5 forward somersault, however, represented a career highlight. The young athlete, husband and father turned 27 on May 21. Just when it looked like Daley couldn’t possibly be busier, more dedicated, or more productive, there this was …

On the weekend right after his birthday, he posted a picture of himself knitting in pajamas on both his official Instagram account and @madewithlovebytomdaley, a separate profile for his journey in knitting and crocheting. Yes, knitting and crocheting.

Courtesy Photo: British Swimming

His craft account already has 74.4 thousand followers and rises to the 2 million followers of his main profile. More and more people are discovering Daley’s additional personality and becoming fans after the excitement of his hobbies in British publications last fall and this spring.

Daley grew up doing arts and crafts, but his knitting and crocheting activities began in early 2020 when COVID-19 caused a waiting game for Olympic athletes. Daley’s husband, D. Lance Black, Tom initially suggested the activity, saying he saw people knitting on the set while working as an American screenwriter, director, and film and television producer.

Although his first patterns were far from perfect, Daley plunged into the arts and soon became addicted to crocheting too. As he said on a podcast called The LoveCrafts Show, he found that knitting helped him be mindful without thinking too much and be productive without stressing out.

He started taking his projects with him during training and competitions. To his surprise, many other divers (e.g. from Russia and Australia) and coaches (e.g. from China) shared his newfound passion. With her advice and the help of YouTube instructional videos, Daley’s skills quickly improved.

Even now at the height of his diving training and competition, he produces a new piece every two to three days, often as a private gift for close friends. Some of the things he’s done for the public are an ugly rainbow sweater, striped tea warmer, stuffed unicorn, purple cat couch for his mother’s beloved pet, and even swimming trunks that probably wouldn’t survive a single one from his dives, see but good from (him).

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

The moment that Daley got perhaps the greatest pop culture attention in the UK this spring was when he released a handcrafted copy of a £ 1,750 Gucci dress worn by his blonde “beast,” a social influencer Sophie Lee. A month before the telltale Instagram activity, he had uploaded a video – hair still wet from a session by the pool – showing the object laid out on the floor. The vlog entry was Jan.that of 49 episodes of his “Daley Diaries” series, which was launched on September 9, 2020 to document his journey to the Tokyo Games.

Daley’s YouTube channel has 867,000 subscribers. Together with his 2.2 million followers on Twitter, Daley is by far the most followed aquarist in the world.

For a diver who is always overshadowed by the most watched Olympic competition of competitive swimming, medals and good looks alone may not be enough to achieve such enduring and growing popularity. Aside from his athleticism, aesthetics, charisma and ubiquitous kindness, Tom is a prolific and serious content creator who generously displays the everyday dimensions of his life in his own narrative voice.

Tom daley

Courtesy photo: Osports

From his home in London, gloomy hotel rooms, a walk-in closet with a shelf full of strands of yarn, water sports centers and even a COVID test session, the diver has bad faced game play of competitions and revealing his personal competition rituals, diving training tips, child care secrets and other pastimes (plant care) Habits (nail biting), favorite foods (Indian) and even blemishes on his face.

He is also a multiple book author of an official autobiography (2012), a quirky episode story he co-wrote with celebrities like Kate Moss and the musical group One Direction (2015), a collection of healthy recipes (2016), and a guide to healthy Cultivating Habits (2018). Next is Coming Up for Air: What I Learned From Exercise, Fame, and Fatherhood, will be released in October this year.

Like his Twitter post testifies in a meme in collaboration with Adidas: “Where some see a diving platform, I see a platform to spread love and positivity.”

Since he came out gay in 2013, he’s been an extrovert activist for the LGBTQ community. Earlier this year, he said he would support any athlete who wants to speak out at the Olympics, despite the IOC recently strengthening Rule 50, which bans political, religious or racial demonstrations or “propaganda” during the Games.

So unreservedly that he shares his everyday life as he falls from a 10-meter platform, knits, crochets, bakes, educates Daley and fights his way to his fourth Olympic Games as more than just a dominant athlete, but one too assignable role role model for the global community.

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