This one is for brand new Olympic Gold Metal Winner,the out & proud Matthew Mitcham

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    Aug 23, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    OK I`m starting this new thread cause he totally deserves it!icon_cool.gif


    Mitcham wins gold!
    August 23rd, 2008
    In one of the biggest upsets at the Beijing Olympics, out diver Matthew Mitcham won a gold medal in the 10m platform. The Chinese were heavily favored in the event, and Mitcham was behind Zhou Luxin by about 35 points going into the final dive. But Mitcham hit an unbelievable score of 112.10 on his sixth and final dive to win by just over three points.

    “It’s absolutely surreal. I never thought that this would be possible,” Mitcham said.

    “I wasn’t even sure of my medal chances at all. After I did my last dive and I saw I was in first, I thought, “That’s it, it’s a silver medal, I am so happy with this’ and then I won. I can’t believe it, I’m so happy.”

    The win capped an amazing journey for Mitcham, who had quit diving two years ago battling depression and burnout.

    “Coming back and doing everything I did was to win an Olympic gold medal,” Mitcham said. “When I was training every single day, twice a day, eleven sessions a week, thirty hours a week before every single dive I said to myself; ‘I want to win an Olympic gold’. “It was all worth it.”

    Mitcham’s win denied China a sweep of the the men’s and women’s diving gold medals. On his final dive, Mitcham to decided to go for broke, attempting a routine with a high degree of difficulty — a back 2 1/2 somersault with 2 1/2 twists. He nailed it and scored a stunning 112.10 points, getting perfect 10s from four of the seven judges.

    The door to the gold was left open when the previous diver and leader, China’s Zhou Luxin, flubbed his last dive, a reverse 3-1/2 somersault in the tuck position. He got a quite low 74.80 score, which put Mitcham in front by only 4.8 points. How close was it? Zhou’s score on his last dive was seven points less than his second-lowest scoring dive of the round.

    In the crowd watching his day for ages were members of his family and friends and his partner, Lachlan. Mitcham celebrated, cried and laughed as the results were announced.

    “My cheeks hurt from smiling, my face hurts from the chlorine, my legs are sore from jumping up and down,” he told reporters.

    “I’m in pain and I’m tired, but I’m so happy.”

    http://outsports.com/olympics2008/2008/08/23/openly-gay-diver-matthew-mitcham-wins-gold/
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    Aug 23, 2008 5:29 PM GMT
    Matt, I am very proud of you and your a most excellent person!
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    Aug 23, 2008 5:36 PM GMT
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    Just how cute is he!! I wanna eat him alive.grrrrrr
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    Aug 23, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=zKlo8_0OGAY

    icon_eek.gifI knew he can speak in chinese,but also FRENCH?so hot!icon_redface.gif
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    Aug 23, 2008 5:50 PM GMT
    http://mattmitcham.com/


    Bio
    Bouncing around
    Matthew Mitcham will make his Olympic debut in Beijing in the 10m platform event. A former trampoliner, Mitcham began diving eight years ago after being spotted at a local pool by a coach who believed he had potential. Mitcham, who was once the junior world champion in trampoline, quickly began diving full time, and competed in his first national championship meet at age 12.

    Coming out
    Mitcham made headlines in Australia when he revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald that he is gay, becoming one of the first Australian athletes to do so. Mitcham said he hopes he can find a way to bring his partner, Lachlan, to support him Beijing -- though he can't afford it on his own.

    Big breakthrough
    After finishing fifth at the 2008 World Cup in Beijing in February, Mitcham shocked even himself by winning the 10m platform event at the USA Grand Prix in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in May. After scoring four 10s on his fourth of six dives, Mitcham began jumping up and down in celebration. "I can't even at the moment remember what dive it was, I am so excited," Mitcham said. Finishing second in the event was fellow Aussie Matthew Helm, whom Mitcham lists as one of his idols and a former training partner. He also beat German Sascha Klein, winner of the World Cup, setting Mitcham up as a medal threat in Beijing.

    Return to form
    Now back after a one-year break to "recharge the batteries," Mitcham is diving better than ever. Two years ago, Mitcham decided he was sick of the sport after years of the rigid training regimen at the Australian program. When he returned, Mitcham joined Mexican coach Chava Sobrino in Sydney, and has enjoyed the more laid-back approach. The results are evident in his return to form, highlighted at the Australian diving open in January 2008, when Mitcham became the first Australian to win the 1m, 3m and 10m titles.

    Out of the ordinary
    Mitcham admits he didn't see a future in sports as a child. A self-described non-athletic kid, Mitcham also has a rebellious streak that at 14 led him to get his tongue pierced. Mitcham, who is often described as "free-spirited," still has the piercing, which he says he doesn't even notice while diving.
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    Aug 23, 2008 5:58 PM GMT
    CONGRATULATIONS MATTHEW !!!

    I am so happy for him . . . . he delivered spectacular dives with grace, beauty and precision.

    Did you see him emerge from the pool after his last dive during the semi-finals --- he saw his placement of second, looked into the camera, smiled and clapped ... just being himself.

    I can't wait to watch the finals tonight.

    You're truly a golden boy Matthew!!!!
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    Aug 23, 2008 6:00 PM GMT
    congratulation to him ^_^
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    Aug 23, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    The women basketball team just took gold!!! God bless em!!!
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    Aug 23, 2008 7:31 PM GMT
    Im so proud of him! icon_smile.gif

    He deserves it for all the hard work he put in and for being honest and being himself. Hes an example to younger kids who are scared and hiding, way to go Matt!
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    Aug 23, 2008 7:38 PM GMT
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    blockquote>Just how cute is he!! I wanna eat him alive.grrrrrr

    Cannibal!
    Break me off a piece too.

    Well done!
    Congrats to Matthew and all of our friends Down Under. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 23, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    LutherGooch saidThe women basketball team just took gold!!! God bless em!!!


    umm, "god bless em"???
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    Aug 23, 2008 8:40 PM GMT
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    The U.S. water polo team plays Hungary for the gold tomorrow! Think we don't have a fair number of hunky polo players who play for "our" team? Think again!

    Mitcham deserves tons of props and a lifetime of applause - he is the greatest diver!
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    Aug 23, 2008 8:50 PM GMT
    I like that he's only 20. He could easily perform and win in London and Chicago (OK, just being hopeful).
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    Aug 23, 2008 8:52 PM GMT
    Good news. But what does his sexuality got to do with this?

    Of course his a homosexual, and had to work even harder to get a medle, maybe he should of been in the special Olympics.

    Not having a go, but just not sure his sexuality needs any special accolades. After all, the media has made no bug fuss, over his sexuality, and the cries of protest if they had.

    One man's view.
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    Aug 23, 2008 8:57 PM GMT
    Pattison saidGood news. But what does his sexuality got to do with this?

    Of course his a homosexual, and had to work even harder to get a meddle, maybe he should of been in the special Olympics.

    Not having a go, but just not sure his sexuality needs any special accolades. After all, the media has made no bug fuss, over his sexuality, and the cries of protest if they had.

    One man's view.



    of course his sexuality has no bearing on his performance, duh. read the article, other than the headline on OutSports, it mentions his partner, thats about it regarding his sexuality. no accolades for his homosexuality, the accolades are about his diving. he just happens to be an out and open athlete.
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    Aug 23, 2008 8:58 PM GMT
    guys, it's MEDAL, not "metal" or "meddle"

    and speaking of medals, i thought it was kind of tacky for Lisa Leslie to wear her three previous gold medals from Athens, Sydney, and Atlanta while receiving her 4th gold medal for the US Women's basketball team.
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    Aug 23, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
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    of course his sexuality has no bearing on his performance, duh. read the article, other than the headline on OutSports, it mentions his partner, thats about it regarding his sexuality. no accolades for his homosexuality, the accolades are about his diving.


    I agree. It's like rooting for your own country. It doesn't mean an athlete's nationality is important. People just like to root for people in their own team icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 23, 2008 9:11 PM GMT
    kryptonic said
    Pattison saidGood news. But what does his sexuality got to do with this?

    Of course his a homosexual, and had to work even harder to get a meddle, maybe he should of been in the special Olympics.

    Not having a go, but just not sure his sexuality needs any special accolades. After all, the media has made no bug fuss, over his sexuality, and the cries of protest if they had.

    One man's view.



    of course his sexuality has no bearing on his performance, duh. read the article, other than the headline on Out Sports, it mentions his partner, thats about it regarding his sexuality. no accolades for his homosexuality, the accolades are about his diving. he just happens to be an out and open athlete.


    But he was allegedly making a deal about his sexuality before he left Oz, and even won a Madel. Even at that point One was lost, at what his sexuality had to do with anything.

    Oh, One did read the post and not just the heading thanks sunshine. It said it all. I also stand by what One first said too.

    Oh it seems no-one down here really cares about his sexuality, as it has from what I've read in the media, had no attention / lip service given to it. In fact nor has he; and that the way it should be.

    Pluse, it's not the most of manly sports now is it....

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    Aug 23, 2008 9:15 PM GMT
    allgoodinhwood saidguys, it's MEDAL, not "metal" or "meddle"

    and speaking of medals, i thought it was kind of tacky for Lisa Leslie to wear her three previous gold medals from Athens, Sydney, and Atlanta while receiving her 4th gold medal for the US Women's basketball team.


    Shit you are right. This One will stand corrected for. But it's early, and I'm recovering from the bottle of vodka I drank last night; maybe I should get a Madel for that.
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    Aug 23, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    ^^^^^^Again, him being gay has no bearing on his diving. like Dowal posted, it's great to root for someone on our "team" too.

    like you said, no one cares about his sexuality, they're more concerned with his diving, and i think that's awesome. and other newswire articles i've read don't mention his proclivities. OutSports recognizes its own, that's all.
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    Aug 23, 2008 9:19 PM GMT
    dowal said
    kryptonic said
    of course his sexuality has no bearing on his performance, duh. read the article, other than the headline on OutSports, it mentions his partner, thats about it regarding his sexuality. no accolades for his homosexuality, the accolades are about his diving.


    I agree. It's like rooting for your own country. It doesn't mean an athlete's nationality is important. People just like to root for people in their own team icon_smile.gif


    Oh maybe I'll feel like "cheering" if the only fag in the village wins a medal. But I would not root for him.
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    Aug 23, 2008 9:24 PM GMT
    kryptonic said^^^^^^Again, him being gay has no bearing on his diving. like Dowal posted, it's great to root for someone on our "team" too.

    like you said, no one cares about his sexuality, they're more concerned with his diving, and i think that's awesome. and other newswire articles i've read don't mention his proclivities. OutSports recognizes its own, that's all.

    Thats OK, it's only on RJ, that his sexuality has been an Issue, and if it was not for that, I would never of known about his homosexuality; not that I needed to know at all. yet the media down here has given it no attension at all, or him for that matter. He stands out for what he should, winning a medal. Sexuality should not even come into the game.
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    Aug 23, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    C o n g r a t s G i r l f r i e n d !!

    Wonderful Achievement


    Great to see an Aussie Queen on top of the dias wearing Gold !!icon_biggrin.gif

    well done Mate - All Aussie Queens are so proud of you and your passion.icon_biggrin.gif

    Pity we would not see you and your partner together embrace your success.

    cheers icon_biggrin.gif
    Diva
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    Aug 23, 2008 9:41 PM GMT
    It was a pretty amazing achievement considering how far behind he was going into the last dive. He came through in the clutch by nailing the most difficult dive. He is certainly deserved of all the kudos, the Chinese were expected to win the gold.
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    Aug 23, 2008 10:53 PM GMT
    That finally dive had me out of my seat. Absolutely unreal.