Australian diver Matthew Mitcham sure had a weekend to remember. After retiring in his teens, the 20-year old emerged victoriously at the Olympic games in Beijing, where he took the gold for the 10 meter platform dive.
And, as if that’s not enough, Mitcham, the first Aussie Olympian to come out, garnered the best score in Olympic history. His mother, of course, couldn’t be more proud:
A stunning final dive that was awarded the highest score in Olympic history [112.10 points] gave Mitcham the gold. She proudly said her son was a man of “firsts”.
“Coming out publicly, that was a first,” said Vivien. “The highest score awarded to an Olympic dive ever, another first. How many more firsts can this child get? Can you find something else to be first in? He’s just done so well. He deserves it.”
Mitcham’s mother wasn’t the only one celebrating. His boyfriend of two-years, Lachlan Fletcher, also showered the diver in love. And now that Mitcham’s won the gold, Flethcer’s confident his sexuality will be overshadowed, “The biggest thing he was worried about was people paying more attention to that than his actually diving. And I suppose that kind of did happen a little bit. Hopefully, now it won’t be so much of an issue any more.”
No matter what drama he went through to get to Beijing, Mitcham says he has no regrets:
Coming back and doing everything I did was to win an Olympic gold medal. When I was training every single day, twice a day, 11 sessions a week, 30 hours a week before every single dive, I said to myself; ‘I want to win an Olympic gold’. It was all worth it.
Of that we have no doubt.