“My biggest medal is waiting for me at home”: Daley ready to be reunited with his family after European money

Tom Daley’s competitive spirit will never leave him, but the two-time Olympic medalist has recently focused on becoming a more complete human being.

This new zen seems to be paying off on the diving board as it helped him fight for a second medal at the European Championships on Sunday – a silver on the 10m platform.

Daley has been open to the fact that his marriage to Dustin Lance Black in 2017 and the birth of their son Robbie in June 2018 helped give him a new perspective on diving, as well as overcome the disappointment of the Olympics. of Rio 2016 who saw him fail to pass beyond the semifinals of the 10m platform.

Just this week, Daley shared a video on Instagram of two-year-old Robbie – back home – watching his father win gold in the 10m synchro he won alongside Matty Lee in Budapest, exclaiming ‘this is my daddy’ in a moment that may ‘I failed to melt the hearts of everyone who saw him.

And after winning silver on the 10m platform to double the medal count, Daley’s thoughts immediately turned to reuniting with his family within 24 hours.

“I always said it was a nice medal to win, but my biggest medal is waiting for me at home – my son and my husband – so I’m very excited to get back to them,” he said. rayon.

“I love diving, playing and competing, but what this year has really taught us is what’s important: friends, family and everyone stay healthy. “

Daley also started knitting, as well as practicing mindfulness, to stay on track mentally and he needed to call on those reservations after a mistake on his second round dive left him languishing. in fifth position in the ranking.

He responded with a solid effort in round three before nailing his Armstand Back 3 Somersaults Pike in round four, earning a brilliant 99.75 points, but the best was yet to come.

With a difficulty rating of 3.7, Daley’s Forward 4½ Somersaults Tuck in the fifth round was a watershed moment and the Briton seized the opportunity with perfect execution – scoring a mammoth 109.15 on a day when no other competitor was out. ‘scored 100 points for a single dive.

This catapulted him into the silver medal position and although Russian Aleksandr Bondar’s consistency proved too great to be caught, Daley secured second place with his final dive, while another Russian -Viktor Minibaev – won bronze, and GB Noah Williams finished fifth.

“I started really strong, but the second dive was a bit too strong and I landed slightly above the vertical,” said Daley.

“One thing I’ve learned from my years of diving is that it’s not over until it’s over. I was at the bottom of the standings but knew I could take it back – I just had to stay in the moment, stay present, stay focused.

“Then in the fifth round, I had the biggest dive of my diving career, but it was a mixed bag in that.”

Daley will now return to Dustin and Robbie’s home, with two European medals lagging behind, but he’ll be back soon with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in less than 70 days.

Although he is only 26 years old, this will be his fourth Olympics and he has promised to return to the Daley we saw in Beijing 2008 – a fearless diver, who relishes the opportunity to step onto the platform. at the biggest sporting event in the world.

“I’m excited for the Olympics this summer because I’m going to go there and enjoy it, like I did in Beijing 2008, without all of this pressure that I put on myself later in my career,” said Daley.

“You never know what’s going to happen in a diving competition – that’s the beauty of it. If we resumed this competition now, you could shuffle a deck of cards and it could be completely different.

“No matter how well you trained, what ends up happening at the Olympics is all here [points to head]. If you don’t have it there, it’s over.

“By the time you’re on the diving board, it’s 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. Can’t wait to go and have fun.

Elsewhere at the Europeans on Sunday, Grace Reid and Kat Torrance narrowly missed out on a medal as they finished fourth in the women’s 3m synchro final, just 0.3 points behind bronze.

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