International Relations

Why Matthew Mitcham Almost Skipped the World Series

Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham — who finally has a sponsor! — considered skipping out on diving’s World Series event, since its first two rounds of competition were in Qatar and China, two places where being openly gay might not fly to well with locals. But he tells Sydney’s The Morning Show that legal advisors told the 21-year-old to just not “fly the flag” and he should be alright. And he was! Except in competition: He came in second to Zhou Luxin, the Chinese diver he beat at the Beijing Olympics.