Tom Daley did not compete within the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games, leaving many questioning has Tom Daley retired?
Olympian Tom Daley has been lacking from Workforce England’s diving squad this Commonwealth Video games – although they appear to be coping with out him, having received plenty of gold medals within the sport. Daley opted as an alternative to get in amongst the Commonwealth international locations another way, and is the host of an new BBC documentary, ‘Unlawful to Be Me’, which explores how homosexual athletes are going through excessive persecution throughout the Commonwealth.
Ever since Daley got here out as homosexual in 2013, his followers have needed to know extra concerning the diver’s personal life, from who he is married to (opens in new tab), his surrogacy choice (opens in new tab) and even his Olympic knitting mission (opens in new tab) that captivated the nation. However because the Olympian declined to participate on this 12 months’s Commonwealth Video games, the query on everybody’s lips is: has Tom Daley retired?
Has Tom Daley retired?
Tom Daley has not retired from diving, however he takes a 12 months out from the game. The 27-year-old not too long ago received a gold and a bronze medal on the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021, however talking on Lorraine in December the identical 12 months he stated “I at all times stated I used to be going to take a bit of break after the Olympics, most likely a 12 months.”
However regardless of the rumours circling of his retirement, Daley has dropped some hints that he’ll be returning to the aquatics centre for the Paris Olympics in 2024. Talking to GQ (opens in new tab) in November 2021, he stated “I at all times stated that I’ll hold going till my physique offers up or till I get the gold medal. And I’ve acquired the gold medal. However my physique’s getting higher. So there are many choices to be made within the subsequent 12 months or so. This time that I’ve had for the reason that Olympics, after I’ve not been diving, I’ve realised, you already know what? I truly miss it.”
Tom Daley: Commonwealth Video games 2022
Tom Daley introduced he wouldn’t compete within the 2022 Commonwealth Video games on his Instagram in June 2022. He stated that the year-long break was in order that he might get some relaxation and be together with his household.
Nevertheless, the Olympian hasn’t been utterly absent in the course of the Video games. On the Opening Ceremony in Birmingham, he carried the Queen’s Baton into the stadium, together with six different LGBTQ+ athletes and advocates.
He shared a photograph (opens in new tab) of himself holding the Baton alongside his fellow flag bearers, writing within the caption “In over half of the Commonwealth international locations, homosexuality continues to be a criminal offense and in 3 of these international locations the utmost penalty is the loss of life sentence. These legal guidelines are a legacy of colonialism. This opening ceremony for us is about exhibiting LGBTQ+ visibility to the billion individuals watching.”
What number of medals has Tom Daley received?
Tom Daley’s worldwide and nationwide gold medal complete mixed is at the moment at 36. This consists of 4 Olympic medals and a mixed complete of 11 World, Commonwealth and European Championship gold medals.
The diver received his first and solely Olympic gold thus far on the Tokyo 2020 Video games, within the 10m synchro occasion together with his diving accomplice Matty Lee (opens in new tab). He received bronze within the 10m platform occasion on the similar video games, and has received two different Olympic bronzes: for the 10m synchro in 2016 and the 10m platform in 2012.
Daley was first topped World Champion in 2009, at simply 15 years previous, and has since received two extra gold medals on the World Championships. He has received gold on the European Championships 5 occasions and is at the moment the defending champion within the synchro occasion.
Daley additionally received gold within the synchro on the earlier Commonwealth Video games within the Gold Coast in 2018. Regardless of Daley not returning to defend the title this 12 months, England have nonetheless snapped up a couple of diving golds at Birmingham 2022, with Noah Williams and Andrea Spendolini Sirieix topped the winners of the combined synchro.
Tom Daley: Profession stats
- Daley has received medals at each degree of diving, from nationwide competitions to the World Championships and the Olympics
- He received his first worldwide gold medal in 2008 – when he was simply 14 years previous – on the European Championships
- That very same 12 months, he competed in his first Olympics in Beijing, the place he got here seventh within the 10m platform occasion
- Daley has received gold medals on the Olympic Video games, the World Championships, the World Cup, the European Championships, the Commonwealth Video games and the World Collection
- He received his first Olympic medal at London 2012, the place he got here third within the 10m platform, a dream he had shared together with his dad, who handed away only a 12 months earlier
- Daley was topped total 10m Platform champion on the FINA Diving World Collection in 2019
Tom Daley: Web value
In accordance the The Mirror (opens in new tab), Tom Daley’s internet value is estimated to be round £3m. This determine is from a mixture of his success in his diving profession, as properly a his appearances on TV and his YouTube channel. (opens in new tab)
Daley has amassed over 1m subscribers on his channel, the place he posts vlogs, knitting tutorials and challenges.
After the 2012 Olympics, Tom was approached to seem in ITV’s new diving TV present Splash!, as a mentor to the celebrities participating. He’s additionally a model ambassador for Adidas and has launched 4 books: his memoir, known as ‘My Story (opens in new tab)‘ in 2012; ‘Tom’s Each day Targets (opens in new tab)‘, a recipe and health e book that was launched in 2016; ‘Coming Up for Air (opens in new tab)‘, his new autobiography launched in 2021; and ‘Made with Love (opens in new tab)‘, a kitting guide.
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