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People Go Wild For Tom Daley Knitting In The Stands At The Olympics

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People Go Wild For Tom Daley Knitting In The Stands At The Olympics

Tom Daley has been captured knitting in the stands while the Tokyo Olympics was playing out in front of him.

The gold medallist was getting stuck into a small pink and purple pattern as the women's 3m springboard diving final was going on.

The camera panned away from the action for a couple of seconds to show Daley's Olympic concentration while trying to complete the stitching.

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The official Tokyo Olympic Twitter account wrote: "Oh this? Just Olympic champ @TomDaley1994 knitting in the stands while watching the diving."

It quickly went viral around the world and many explained how knitting has helped them during particularly stressful times.

One person wrote: "Very calming. My grandad was a mine sweeper in the Navy during World War II. All the Navy men knitted to calm their nerves."

Another added: "I knew a guy who was afraid of flying; so whenever he had to take a plane he'd take his knitting kit to occupy his mind during the flight."

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A third said: "Great idea, it's an ace way to bridge waiting times, it's relaxing and productive, more people and esp. men should take it up."

Tom Daley has also mentioned in the past how knitting has been important to his Olympics routine.

He said 'knitting, crochet, and all things stitching' kept him 'sane throughout this whole process' of training and competing for the Tokyo Games.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
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It looks like it's paid off as he earned his first Olympic gold medal at this year's Games and he was over the moon at the honour.

He and Team GB teammate Matty Lee took home the gold in the men's synchronized 10m platform.

Daley said (via the Guardian): "I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion. When I was younger I didn't think I'd ever achieve anything because of who I was. To be an Olympic champion now just shows that you can achieve anything.

"In terms of out athletes, there are more openly out athletes at these Olympic Games than any Olympic Games previously. I came out in 2013 and when I was younger I always felt like the one that was alone and different and didn't fit.

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"There was something about me that was never going to be as good as what society wanted me to be. I hope that any young LGBT person out there can see that no matter how alone you feel right now, you are not alone. You can achieve anything."

The medal from this year's Games will join his bronze medal in the 10m platform from London 2012, as well as a bronze in the 10m synchro alongside Daniel Goodfellow at Rio 2016, and two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

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Topics: News, Tokyo Olympics, Tom Daley

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