Gay Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham declares he’ll dive naked if he wins Gold
Australian Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham has declared that he’ll dive naked if he wins another Gold medal.
The 24-year-old Queensland native said in a Tweet: “If I win gold #London 2012 I will dive off 10m naked to celebrate.”
Mitcham, one of the few out gay athletes to be competing at the Olympics, has been struggling with an abdominal muscle problem for a while, but after putting it to the test in the run up to the games, he has said he again feels confident about stepping out onto the diving board:
“I’ve been smashing myself for quite some time now, in a good way . . . training very hard and putting my abs through very rigorous training and the rest of my body as well. It’s not an issue for me now, mentally or otherwise.”
He also added that the lowest point of his injury problems was the feeling of pressure of being the reigning champion, which prompted a fear of failure which severely hindered him in his preparations.
Mitcham last won gold at the Beijing games four years ago.