“I want to thank absolutely everyone who helped; my partner Lachlan and my mom [Vivienne] here to support me and watch me get gold, because it was so important to have those two people here with me,” Mitcham said in a post-dive interview. “I didn’t think I had a chance to get the gold and to actually get that was mind-blowing. I was crying thinking I had silver and to get gold, I was a blubbering mess.”There has been a fair amount of editorials in the gay news outlets criticizing NBC for not mentioning his sexual orientation. Personally, I'm glad they didn't bring it up. He is Australian, a gold medal winning 10m platform diver, and he happens to be gay. For me, the big deal is the fact that it wasn't a big deal.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Matthew Mitcham, final post
Just in case you missed it (like I did), here are Matthew Mitcham's dives from the final round of the 10m platform and the medal ceremony. Be sure to watch it to the end to see him jump up in the stands to hug his mother and his boyfriend.