Tom Daley
Tom Daley
Thomas Robert "Tom" Daley is an English diver who specialises in the 10 metre platform event and was the 2009 FINA World Champion in the individual event at the age of 15. He started diving at the age of seven and is a member of Plymouth Diving Club. He has made an impact in national and international competitions from age 9.
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Tom Daley And Dustin Lance Black Get Political With Pumpkins
Huffington Post - 4 months
Halloween enthusiasts Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black take their love of the October holiday to the next level in this quirky video.  After posting a video last week that showed the couple visiting a pumpkin patch, Daley joked that he and Black enjoyed a bit of friendly competition with one another. In keeping with that spirit, the pair decided to dress up as “the two most competitive people in the world right now,” namely Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as they set about carving their jack-o’-lanterns in the above clip. Not surprisingly, Daley and Black have a bit of fun at the GOP nominee’s expense. “You know, I always liked doing pumpkins,” Black, as Clinton, quips to Daley as Trump, “until I realized what fills their bowels is the color of your face!” Check out the video to see what designs they came up with.  H/T Towleroad Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist ...
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‘I am approaching my peak,’ says Tom Daley after second European gold
Guardian (UK) - 10 months
• British 21-year-old wins 10-metre diving in emphatic fashion in London • Daley heads to Rio Olympics confident of taking on Chinese opposition Four years ago Tom Daley stood on the 10m board here with the country waiting expectantly. Much has changed for the 21-year-old since then and, after claiming an emphatic European gold to blow his rivals out of the water, there was a moment to reflect. “I will never, ever experience more pressure than standing on the end of the board, looking down at the Olympic rings for my final dive with 18,000 people in the audience in London and millions of people watching at home,” said Daley of his experience in 2012, when he won bronze. “There will never be a more pressurised moment in my life than that moment and I managed to handle it. I feel now, as a diver, I am so much better.” Continue reading...
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Sam Smith Thinks We Missed The Point Of His Oscars Speech, But Apologizes Anyway
Huffington Post - 12 months
As the first openly gay writer to address this issue ... lawlz, just kidding.  After Sam Smith claimed that he was possibly the first openly gay man to win an Oscar, the writing (for gay Twitter shade) was on the wall. Almost immediately, social media users criticized the speech, citing examples of gay Oscar winners of years past like Elton John and Dustin Lance Black.  The "Milk" screenwriter went as far as to call the British singer out publicly on Twitter. "If you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiance," he wrote. Black, of course, is referring to gay boy diver extraordinaire Tom Daley.  Considering that Smith was around 16 and living in the U.K. when "Milk" hit theaters, Black's outrage seems a little misplaced. We've got a feeling there's more to the story, so we're launching a "Spotlight" like investigation into the content of those tweets. Fingers crossed for Oscars 2020.  Black later clarified his critique, writing that "kn ...
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Kitchen gadgets review: the Master Pan – Tom Daley can’t be wrong
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
People went nuts this week after the Olympic diver posted a photo of himself using this five-in-one frying pan to make breakfast. But is it a perfect 10? Or a belly flop? The Master Pan, Lakeland, £59.99 is a segmented cast-aluminium pan with heavy-gauge baseplate. Regulated heat distribution cooks multiple foods simultaneously. Continue reading...
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Tom Daley And Dustin Lance Black Cozy Up For Out Magazine
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Dustin Lance Black snuggled up to fiancé Tom Daley for the cover of Out magazine's annual "Love Issue," which hits newsstands next week.  In the accompanying interview, the newly-engaged couple opened up to editor Aaron Hicklin about their relationship, recalling their first meeting at a dinner party in Los Angeles. At the party, Daley "took my phone, and he typed his number in with a winky face," Black, who won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Milk," said. "At which point I felt I had confirmation that he was a gay. I’ve never in my life heard of a straight man putting his number in another man’s phone with a winky face." The next night, he added, the couple had their first date at a hotel bar, where they spent "hours and hours of sharing and talking about things that really mattered to us."  "It was one of the first times that I felt, 'Oh my God, this isn’t just a thing where I am attracted to someone. This is someone that I’ve connected with on ...
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WATCH: Gay, Mormon Lead Singer of Neon Trees Brings Down the House in Utah
The Huffington Post - over 1 year
(photo by Brandon Cruz) Earlier this month, Equality Utah, hosted the state's largest fundraising dinner, the 14th annual Allies Dinner: Queer New World. More than 2,100 of Utah's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally community packed in for a night of passion, gaiety and glitter. The evening's honorees included Queer Nation activist, Connell O'Donovan, world-renowned queer theorist (and my hero), Professor Kathryn Bond Stockton and the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts, who earlier this year crowned the state's first transgender prom queen. The final awardee was Neon Trees lead singer, Tyler Glenn, who grew up Mormon and gay in Utah. And while we all anticipated his musical performances to be awe-inspiring, I don't think any of us were ready for the fierce realness he brought to the stage that night during his speech. Grab some popcorn and some tissues. Your heart is about to explode. This kid blew the roof off the joint (and had a surprise introductio ...
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Tom Daley hopes new 'firework' dive can bring Olympic gold at the 2016 Rio Games
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Officially it's known as a 'forward three-and-a-half somersaults with one twist pike' but unofficially it's the 'firework' and Tom Daley hopes it's the dive that turns London bronze into Rio gold.
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Tom Daley Is The New Face Of NEO, Adidas Street-wear Brand
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Adidas announced this week that Tom Daley, who came out late last year as being in relationship with another man, will become the face of the company's street-wear brand NEO. NEO is reportedly an "everyday" brand with clothing, accessories and footwear in vibrant prints and colors. 'It's great to be working with Adidas on their NEO label," Daley told reporters. "The jumper I wore for the NEO shoot is one of my favorites at the moment. It's a twist on a standard jumper and it's exactly what I like to throw on after training with a pair of jeans." The move comes after Adidas landed itself in hot water for allowing customers to customize their footwear with a 10-character word or phrase, but banning certain words from the system, including "gay." While Adidas has since rectified the ban on superimposing the word "gay" on their footwear after coming under fire, a number of other words are still "disallowed." These reportedly include "lesbian," "bisexual," "homophobia," and "trans." ...
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Conner Mertens, First College Football Player To Come Out As Bisexual, On His Big Decision
Huffington Post - about 3 years
HuffPost Live's Mike Sacks caught up with Conner Mertens, who made headlines last month when he became the first active college football player to come out publicly when he announced to his team (and the world) that he is bisexual. Mertens, who came out in an emotional letter which he posted on Twitter, told Sacks he was inspired by British Olympic diver Tom Daley as well as recent victories in the national battle for same-sex marriage in his decision. "[I am] hopefully laying a trail for somebody else to do something like this, and have it be easier for them," the Willamette University kicker said. "People that have changed, which is a tiny, tiny fraction of people ... they weren't close friends anyways." As far as how he's been treated by his teammates in the locker room, Mertens said it was "same old, same old. Business as usual." Last month, the 19-year-old told The Oregonian he has dated women in the past, but is currently in a relationship with a man from Portland, Ore ...
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Noah Ratgen, Minnesota 8th Grader, Says Driveway Was Vandalized With 'God Hates Fags' After Coming Out
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Just days after a Minnesota teen claimed to have received death threats after coming out on social media, another gay student in the same school district has come forward with similar claims. As local news channel Fox 9 reports, 8th grader Noah Ratgen says his family's driveway was vandalized with "God hates fags" in large letters about a week after he came out on social media last fall. "It hurt -- just like calling someone fat or ugly," Ratgen, who attends junior high school in the Centennial school district in Circle Pines, Minn., told the news station. Ratgen's parents reported the incident to police, but no arrests have been made to date, according to the report. "There's no reason to do it at all," he added. "I just don't understand why we're such a big problem." Ratgen's claims follow those of Ryan Eichenauer, a high school senior who said he received two anonymous letters which contained death threats in class earlier this month. Eichenauer shared a videotaped comi ...
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Celebrity diver Tom Daley spotted in Southend High Street
Brentwood Weekly News - about 3 years
OLYMPIC diver Tom Daley was spotted in a local cafe during a shopping trip in Southend.
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Sprung! Diver Tom Daley caught out on live TV
Byron Shire News - about 3 years
THE openly gay Olympic champion was sprung live on TV copping an eyeful of a speedo-clad diving contestant.     
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NEWS/ Olympian Tom Daley's Oscar-Winning Boyfriend Revealed: Find Out Who He Is! (E! Online)
Wesmirch.com - about 3 years
E! Online: NEWS/ Olympian Tom Daley's Oscar-Winning Boyfriend Revealed: Find Out Who He Is!  —  Olympic diver Tom Daley surprised fans yesterday when he came out and told the world via YouTube that he was dating a man.  —  Now, everyone is wondering who the lucky guy is.  Well, we have the answer...and he's an Oscar winner!
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Tom Daley and Maria Bello show there's more than one way to be out
Los Angeles Times- Opinion - about 3 years
British Olympian Tom Daley and actress Maria Bello have made headlines in recent days by coming out, Bello in a  Modern Love piece for the New York Times and Daley in a YouTube video to fans. After a string of notable celebrities opening up about their sexuality — including CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and actor Zachary Quinto — Bello and Daley’s candor isn’t revolutionary. What’s striking is that they came out as nothing, or, as Bello put it, “whatever.”
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Tom Daley's Grandparents Support His Decision To Come Out
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
British Olympic diver Tom Daley sent shockwaves (and heart palpitations) through the gay community yesterday when he announced via a YouTube video that he is in a relationship with a man. As with most celebrity coming out stories, this one was met with both a somewhat homophobic backlash and reaffirming statements of support. Now, it looks as if Daley can also expect his family to get behind his decision to publicly come out. Though the diver's grandparents admitted they were a bit "confused" and surprised at first, the pair told the Daily Mail that they vowed to support their Olympic athlete grandson. "We asked him if he was absolutely sure. He’s our first grandson from our son who died," Daley's grandparents told reporters. "We have always been supportive of him and we always will. We’re not old-fashioned, in fact we’re quite liberal. But I do think he’s too young to be making this sort of decision... But we hugged him, we thanked him for coming to see us, and we’ll be seeing h ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Daley
    TEENAGE
  • 2012
    Age 17
    Daley recently finished his two-year A-level studies in mathematics, Spanish and photography. Daley decided not to undertake an International Baccalaureate course because of the pressures he faced in his preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details He received an A* in his photography A-level, and an A in his Spanish and maths A-levels.
    A documentary commemorating Daley's involvement in the 2012 Olympic Games was broadcast on Monday July 23, 2012 (titled: Tom Daley: Diving For Britain) from 22:35-23:30, just four days before the Olympics officially began and just 7 days before Daley's "bid for 2012" finally got started.
    More Details Hide Details Daley took his GCSEs in small batches to fit around his diving commitments. He persuaded supermodel Kate Moss to pose for a recreation of an original portrait by David Hockney, as part of a GCSE photography project recreating great works of art, after meeting her on a photo shoot for the Italian version of Vogue. Daley obtained one A and eight A* grades in his GCSEs.
    In 2012, they have been rumoured to be in a relationship by the Daily Mail.
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    At the 19th FINA World Junior Diving Championships, held in October 2012 in Adelaide, Australia, Daley lead a strong British team and rather unexpectedly won the Boys "A" 3m synchronised springboard competition together with Jack Laugher, who had previously won the individual 3m competition, despite the pair only having a minimal amount of practice together.
    More Details Hide Details Daley and Laugher scored 338.85 points, over 30 points ahead of Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim Popkov. In the 10m individual platform event, Daley won the competition with a score of 663.95, ahead of Yang Jian on 611.95 and Chen Aisen on 597.20, scoring five 10's and two 9.5's on his fifth dive. †with Blake Aldridge §with Max Brick @with Peter Waterfield?with Jack Laugher Daley lives in Plymouth with his mother, Debbie, and two brothers, William and Ben. His father, Robert, died from a brain tumour on May 27, 2011, aged 40, after a long battle with cancer. Daley is a good friend with American diver Kassidy Cook, multiple Junior National Champion in one-metre and three-metre springboard, whom he has known since the age of 13.
    In Britain Daley had long been considered one of the "poster boys" of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, (literally - an 80-foot tall banner depicting him adorned the John Lewis department store in Cardiff, while a 40-foot tall banner of his female equivalent, heptathlete Jessica Ennis, was on the Sheffield branch of the store chain.)
    More Details Hide Details It was hoped that the 10-metre mens' synchronised platform event, on the first Monday of the Games, would provide Daley and Waterfield with an opportunity to supply Team GB's first medal of the Games. However, while the pairing was leading the competition after three dives, a poor reverse 4 1/2 somersaults with tuck in the fourth round put them out of contention and they ended the competition in fourth place on 454.65 points, behind the Chinese pairing of Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan on 486.78 points, the Mexican pairing of Iván García and Germán Sánchez on 468.90 points, and the US pairing of David Boudia and Nicholas McCrory on 463.47 points. Following this disappointment, there was controversy when Daley was the subject of some abusive Twitter messages, which resulted in the police arresting a 17-year-old boy in Weymouth, Dorset, and a 28-year-old professional footballer for publishing offensive messages.
    In the British Gas Diving Championships held in Sheffield in June 2012, which were also the Olympic trials, Daley and Waterfield won the 10m synchro platform title with a new British record score of 475.77, more than 140 points ahead of silver medallists Daniel Goodfellow and Ross Haslam on 333.72.
    More Details Hide Details In the individual 10m championship, Daley regained the title for the first time since 2009 with a score of 547.60, ahead of Peter Waterfield on 452.80 and James Denny on 390.20.
    In May 2012, Daley regained the European 10 metre platform title when he won gold at the Eindhoven championships with a score of 565.05 points, 49.65 ahead of Victor Minibaev in silver position.
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    In April 2012 Daley also won, by a margin of 140 points, the British elite juniors 10 metre platform title - in the final year of his eligibility for junior competition in the championships held in the brand new Life Centre in his home town of Plymouth.
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    Over the whole 2012 Diving World Series, Daley and the Daley/Waterfield pairing won both the overall individual and synchro 10 metre competitions.
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    Following a clear-the-air meeting between Daley, Evangulov, and Daley's representatives, Daley went on to participate in the 2012 FINA Diving World Series - in the first event held in Dubai, Daley and Waterfield finished 4th in the 10m synchro event, while Daley won silver in the individual 10m event.
    More Details Hide Details In the event held in Beijing a week later, Daley and Waterfield won the silver medal in the 10m synchro event, while in the individual event Daley won silver and Waterfield the bronze. Three weeks later, in the Moscow event, Daley won silver in the individual platform event, while the pairing finished 5th in the synchro. In the final DWS meet of the year, in Tijuana, Mexico, Daley won gold in the individual platform event, and the pairing with Waterfield won bronze in the synchro event, although the Chinese did not compete in these events at this meet.
    In February 2012 British Diving's Performance Director Alexei Evangulov criticised Daley's work ethic, stating that he feared Daley's media and commercial activities were to the detriment of his training for the Olympics - a comment which was seemingly backed up when Daley and Pete Waterfield could only finish 7th in the 10m synchro competition in the FINA World Cup event held in London's Olympic Aquatics Centre.
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    In the 2012 season, a thumb injury forced Daley's withdrawal from the National Cup a few days before the competition (the 10m platform title was won by Max Brick).
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    He was considered a medal prospect for the 2012 Olympic Games in London from this time, and was one of the British Olympians being tracked through the years leading up to London 2012 by the BBC television series Olympic Dreams.
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  • 2011
    Age 16
    On 27 July 2011, Daley took the first dive in London's newly built Olympic Park Aquatics Centre marking the one year countdown until the games begin.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Only a few years ago, this was a distant dream. The fact that I qualified at the weekend and am taking the first dive is a complete privilege. I can’t wait for next year and the honour of representing Team GB.”
    In the 2011 World Championships, held in Shanghai, China, he was again paired with Waterfield in the 10m synchro event, however in the week before the competition Waterfield was struck by a flu-like illness for five days, and consequently they finished in 6th place.
    More Details Hide Details In the individual event, Daley finished in 5th place on 505.10 points, behind Qiu Bo (585.45), David Boudia (544.25), Sascha Klein (534.50), and Victor Minibaev (527.50).
    At the 2011 National Cup, the British Championship was held in the new Southend Swimming and Diving Centre on 28–30 January and Daley came 2nd in the 3m springboard competition behind Jack Laugher and, together with Waterfield, won the 10m platform synchronised competition.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, Waterfield beat Daley to the individual 10m platform title for the second successive year, by 494.25 points to 472.35, with Max Brick third with 399.80.
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 15
    He went on to win 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.
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    In November 2010, Daley was announced as one of the nominated sportsmen for both the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010 and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2010.
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    On 12 October 2010, Daley attended the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India and he, together with his teammate Max Brick, won the gold medal for Synchronised 10m Platform Competition.
    More Details Hide Details The following day he also won gold in the 10m Individual Platform competition.
    In August 2010 Daley attended the European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, intending to defend his individual 10m title.
    More Details Hide Details However, an injury to his triceps muscle in the 10m synchro competition forced his withdrawal from both the synchro and individual 10m competitions, and placed his participation in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in the following two weeks in doubt. It was later announced that Daley would dive in the 3m springboard but not in the 10m platform. Daley took part in the 3m springboard diving competition and finished in 9th place.
    In the first April 2010 FINA Diving World Series event held in Veracruz, Mexico, Daley failed to qualify for the final round of the individual 10 m competition, but in the second event 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), Daley finished in 4th place, with a score of 519.70 points - his second highest score of the season (just .8 points away from bronze).
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    In the March 2010 FINA Diving World Series event in Qingdao individual 10 m competition, Daley showcased his two new dives and finished in 4th place, 520.35 points (his best score of the year).
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    In the February 2010 British Championships individual 10 m competition, Daley unveiled his 5255B dive (back two-and-a-half somersault, two-and-a-half twists) in competition for the first time, giving him a 3.6 tariff dive (reduced from 3.8 in FINAs' September 2009 DD tables).
    More Details Hide Details In this competition Daley finished in 2nd place, 40.05 points behind Peter Waterfield.
  • 2009
    Age 14
    In April 2009 Daley alleged to Plymouth's main local newspaper The Herald that he had been regularly bullied at school since the Olympics, and his father told the BBC that he had temporarily withdrawn him from that school because its response to the problem had been ineffective.
    More Details Hide Details Daley was praised in the media for speaking out about the problem. Daley was promptly offered a full scholarship to board at independent school Brighton College, but his father turned this down due to the distance from home, and entered negotiations with local independent school Plymouth College, which had offered him a "very significant scholarship". Plymouth College regularly offers swimming scholarships, and its ex-pupils include 2008 Olympic medallist Cassie Patten. A few weeks later it was confirmed that Daley had enrolled at Plymouth College.
    In the 2009 FINA World Championships, held in Rome, Daley unexpectedly won the individual platform title despite his lower tariff, with a score of 539.85 points, when his opponents had poor final dives - Qiu Bo finished on 532.20 points, Zhou Luxin on 530.55.
    More Details Hide Details In the 10 m platform synchronised event at the World Championships, Daley and Brick finished in 9th place following an inconsistent series of dives by the new pairing.
    In April 2009 he started to dive with Max Brick, who is two years his senior, compared with the twelve year gap with Aldridge.
    More Details Hide Details The pair achieved a silver medal in the 10m synchronised event at Fort Lauderdale on 8 May 2009. 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.
    In March 2009 he improved his personal best to 540.70 in coming third at a Diving World Series event in China, and the following month he improved it to 540.85 while finishing second at the World Series event in Sheffield.
    More Details Hide Details During the Olympics Daley had a row with diving partner Blake Aldridge when the latter phoned his mother between rounds. When Aldridge missed the British Championships because of the injury sustained in the nightclub incident, Daley's father said he'd like his son to have a different diving partner.
    In February 2009, Daley retained his individual British 10 m championship, setting a competition personal best score of 517.55 points, 133.45 points ahead of the second-placed diver.
    More Details Hide Details He was unable to defend his 10 m synchronised title, as his dive partner Blake Aldridge had been injured in a brawl at a nightclub several days before the championships and was unable to dive.
    In the first post-Rome 2009 World Championships edition of the FINA World Diving Rankings for the ten-metre platform, Daley reached a new career best ranking of number one.
    More Details Hide Details He won two gold medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in the 10 metre synchro diving (with Max Brick) and the 10 m Individual Platform competition, and won the bronze medal for Great Britain in the individual competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
  • 2008
    Age 13
    By April 2008 he was on British Diving's list of funded divers.
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    Daley qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in the individual 10 metre dive competition and, following the retirement of 2004 silver medallist Leon Taylor, in the 10 metre platform synchro competition.
    More Details Hide Details It was initially claimed by the British media that in competing he would become the youngest-ever male British Olympian, until it was ascertained that Ken Lester, cox to the rowing pair at the 1960 Olympic Games, had been 13 years and 144 days old at the time. In the Olympic synchronised 10 metre platform competition, they placed 8th, while in the individual 10 metre platform competition he finished 7th. A month after his appearance at the Olympics, Daley participated in the FINA Junior World Championships for the first time (being too young to enter before). He finished second in the category "B" platform competition (for 14- and 15-year-old boys) with 549.60 points, between China's Qiu Bo (551.85 points) and Wu Dongliang (474.00 points). He came second in the 3-metre springboard competition in the same category with 485.25 points, sandwiched between the two Chinese divers, Wu Dongliang (510.25 points) and Wang Peng (470.40 points).
    In March 2008, Daley became the youngest person to win a gold medal at the European Championships, held in Eindhoven.
    More Details Hide Details The previous youngest winner was the Scottish swimmer Ian Black, who won a European gold in 1958 at the age of 17.
    Two weeks later, Daley won his first medals on the FINA circuit, winning a bronze in the individual platform competition and a silver in synchro at the Madrid Grand Prix. Daley and Aldridge won bronze in synchro at the 2008 FINA Diving World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Their score was a British record and Daley became the youngest ever male medallist in a world diving event. Daley came seventh in the individual competition.
    In January 2008, Daley won the 10 m platform event at the British Championships to become the youngest winner of the senior British 10 m title.
    More Details Hide Details He also won the 10 m platform synchro title with new partner Blake Aldridge.
  • 2007
    Age 12
    In 2007 he also began to compete on FINA's international diving circuit of Grand Prix and World Series events, twice finishing fourth in individual competition.
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    Later in 2007, he won the senior platform title at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) National Championships, the national championship for English divers.
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    In January 2007, at the age of twelve, Daley was a special dispensation to compete at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
    More Details Hide Details The usual minimum age is fifteen. Competing with a persistent thumb injury, Daley won the silver medal with synchro-partner Callum Johnstone in the 10-metre synchronised-diving final.
  • 2006
    Age 11
    In 2006, he was the under-18 British champion in platform and 3m springboard, and he placed second in the 10 m platform at the 2007 senior British Championships, which were held in December 2006.
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    He met the qualification standard for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, but was not selected for the England team because of his age.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 10
    He also competed in the 14-15 category at the 2005 Aachen Junior International, placing second in platform and third in 3 m springboard.
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    In 2005 Daley competed as a guest competitor in the Australian Elite Junior Nationals and placed first in platform and second in 3 m springboard in the 14-15 age group event.
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  • 2004
    Age 9
    In June 2004, the month after his tenth birthday, he won the platform competition in the National Junior (under 18) group, making him the youngest winner of that event.
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    Daley won his age group at the British Championships in the 1 m springboard, the 3 m springboard, and platform in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
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  • 2003
    Age 8
    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.
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    His first competition was the National Novice Championships in April 2003 where he won a medal in the 8/9 year old boys' category.
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  • 2002
    Age 7
    Daley was spotted by a coach, taking part in regular diving lessons, and was placed in a competitive squad in September 2002.
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  • 1998
    Age 3
    Tom Daley's early diving heroes were Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie, who won gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games at the age of 13, and British diver Leon Taylor.
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  • 1994
    Born
    Born on May 21, 1994.
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