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Gay Diver Matthew Mitcham Not Bothered By NBC Coverage, Wants to Meet Pam Anderson

What’s Matthew Mitcham been up to since he wormed his way into our hearts as the Cutest-Diver-to-Have-Ever-Lived? Mitcham sat down with Oz’s SX to give his first interview since winning the gold in Beijing in August and if you weren’t already in love with the guy, you will be.

We love how the article is filled with national pride for the first openly gay gold medalist, especially this dig at Michael Phelps: “Unlike some other athletes that come to mind, [Mitcham’s] not milking his Beijing experience like a frenzied bovine.” Hey, those Rosetta Stone/Visa/Speedo/Omega/Powerbar commercials are great!

Matthew talked about NBC’s coverage—or the notable lack thereof. The peacock web faced criticism that its cameras turned away from Mitcham as he embraced his family, which included boyfriend Lachlan Fletcher, after his gold medal win, despite making it standard practice for other athletes.

“But in true Mitcham style, Matt seems unfazed by the fuss.

‘I was busy with the Olympics at the time, so I was pretty much oblivious to it,’ he recalls. ‘I did get sent links about it, so I found out about it, but in all honesty it wasn’t really my fight, and I wasn’t offended. It was other people that were making complaints and who were really into it.

I don’t know whether or not NBC did it on purpose. I don’t really care. I’m pretty thick-skinned.

Since his win, he’s been vacationing in Europe. When the interviewer mentions that Pamela Anderson was dissapointed he was out of the country when she visited, Mitcham ethuses “I really want to meet Pamela. I’d kill to meet her! She’d be a really cool, interesting person to meet, and if ever she’s out here again and wants to meet me, I’m free any time!” Which is adorable.

If you’re in Sydney this weekend, you can meet Matthew at Midnight Shift on Saturday night, where he is the special guest.

On:           Nov 13, 2008
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    • The Gay Numbers

      That’s kind of irrelevant. The issue of media coverage is a matter for the audience, not the athlete. So, his reponse makes sense, but its a little like any person in his position would say. The question for us as the audience is different.

      Nov 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody

      Hey Matthew, I know her ex bodyguard. I’ll give you his number in return for a home sex tape.

      Nov 13, 2008 at 1:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Smokey Martini

      He’s a total cutie. And he has an absolutely fuckable mouth!

      Nov 13, 2008 at 1:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • zeke

      What a great guy! I wish him and his boyfriend well.

      Nov 13, 2008 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michael

      A real cutie with a great attitude. A very good role model for us, especially our younger gay bro’s and sisters. Rock on Matthew!

      Nov 13, 2008 at 2:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • concretepinata

      Smokey: How did you get so classy?

      And he wants to meet Pam Anderson? I certainly hope there are some defibrillators on-hand to treat him for exposure to concentrated elegance like that.
      And NBC are a bunch of filthies for panning away. Penalty is hanging out with Smokey.

      Nov 13, 2008 at 6:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Smokey Martini


      Believe it or not, Concrete, behind all that brain I do have an immensely sexual mind.

      As if you other boys weren’t thinking it either?! Ladies, please!

      Nov 14, 2008 at 12:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jamie

      The dig probably isn’t at Phelps but more at Stephanie Rice and Eamon Sullivan who we see a LOT of here in aus!

      Nov 14, 2008 at 12:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dude

      ah..god bless the aussies but just like the brits..they’re are so tack tack tacky ..pam anderson?

      Nov 14, 2008 at 4:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ahem!

      @ DUDE: We should be the last people calling Pam tacky–we who have drag queens be the MC at all our events. By the way, you calling yourself a “DUDE” is a misrepresentation of the name in the worst way possible. No true “Dudes”, even gay ones, would call Pam tacky. I would consider crossing over to the straight side if I had a chance in hell to have her. But the gay side in me must end with this:”queen, please!”

      Nov 15, 2008 at 1:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott

      Mathew is one to make you proud. Lucky boyfriend, though he was there for Mathew when he needed it. Guess he still is.

      I would love a guy like Mathew for my boyfriend. In meantime it would have been nice to see Mathew with Eamon Sullivan. That would be a hot couple.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 2:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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