Tom Daley reveals what he was knitting in that viral Olympics photo


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British diver Tom Daley has shared what he has working on after he went viral for knitting while poolside at the Tokyo Olympics.

The athlete went viral after cameras caught him sitting in the stands in Tokyo knitting as he watched men’s and women’s diving events. After the photos and footage did the rounds, many wondered what he was making.

Daley took to his Instagram to show it off: a dog jumper for his French Bulldog Izzy the Frenchie.

“I made my friends some doggy jumpers! It is the cutest little pattern to follow by @knittingland,” he wrote.

“How cute do they all look?! I was making another one at the pool yesterday lol.”

In the post he shared photos of the dogs wearing some of his previous creations.

The 27-year-old earlier shared he first took up knitting and crochet last March, to cope during COVID-19 lockdowns.

He even created a separate Instagram to share his creations. This week Daley said the hobby had also “helped him so much” in the lead-up to the Olympics.

“The one thing that has kept me sane throughout this whole process is my love for knitting and crochet and all things stitching,” he wrote.

“Knitting has become my way of finding calm, mindfulness, and relieves stress. I love it!”

Tom Daley also shared a photo of a wool pouch with both the Japanese and British flags to hold his new gold medal.

Tom Daley wins his first ever Olympic gold in Tokyo

Last week he won his first-ever Olympic gold in the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform dive. Daley won the medal alongside diving partner Matty Lee.

Afterwards Daley said he wanted his big win to show queer youth “you can achieve anything”.

“I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion,” he said.

“I feel very empowered by that because when I was younger I thought that I was never going to be anything or achieve anything because of who I was.

“To be an Olympic champion now, just shows that you can achieve anything.”

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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