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Tom Daley Is Back in the Water & Taking Home Gold

Tom Daley Is Back in the Water & Taking Home Gold

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"I don't think I was ready to be done and hang up my trunks," Daley said about returning to diving after two years away.

If you've been feeling deprived since gay Olympic diver Tom Daley took a step back from the sport two years ago, you're in luck because the hunky athlete is back in the pool and looking hotter than ever!

Daley took home the gold recently at a British National Diving Cup event, where he medaled in the 10-meter platform synchro event alongside his new partner, Noah Williams.

This event marked the first time Daley had competed since he won his first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021; he has won four Olympic medals in total.

"It felt really weird to come back [to the sport], I felt quite shy in a way to get back into it, because I had been part of that team for so long, and then to step out and see how things had changed, it felt weird and different," he said in an interview with British Swimming. "But it is really nice to be back. I feel really happy, I'm enjoying it and that's the main thing."

In the time Daley has spent away from the sport, he's continued to post thirst traps for his fans on Instagram, but we hope to get even more now that he's back in the pool again regularly!

In a YouTube video the swimmer made about his comeback, Daley explained that in his time away from the sport, he has been traveling, going to award shows, relocated to LA, and welcomed his second son Phoenix Rose into the world with his husband, Oscar-winning filmmaker Dustin Lance Black.

He said he got the bug to return to diving after taking his oldest son Robbie to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado.

"I'm not ready to be done, and I don't think I was ready to be done and hang up my trunks and move on with that part of my life, and especially when my son Robbie said 'Pappa I want to see you dive at the Olympics,'" Daley admitted in the video.


Daley is a diving prodigy, competing in his first Olympic games when he was 14 in 2008. Now that he's back diving, he has his sights set on the Paris games in 2024, where he will likely be the oldest competitor at age 30.

We can't wait to see his Parisian thirst traps next year!

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Ariel Messman-Rucker is an Oakland-born journalist who now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. When she’s not writing about politics and queer pop culture, she can be found reading, hiking, or talking about horror movies with the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network.

Ariel Messman-Rucker is an Oakland-born journalist who now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. When she’s not writing about politics and queer pop culture, she can be found reading, hiking, or talking about horror movies with the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network.