Olympic Gold Medalist and Australian Matthew Mitcham has announced in Instagram that he is retiring from diving:
It's official: I have decided to finally retire after a looooooooong but very rewarding diving career. So much gratitude to my long suffering partner Lachlan, Chava, NSWIS, DA, family, friends and all you friends I haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet! I remember the support I got when I came out before my Olympic debut in 2008 and it helped me to keep sharing my story just as candidly. So, it's Peace Out to my diving career and a big Heeeeeeey to the rest of my media and entertainment and everything else career! Thank you to everyone for sharing in my [dirty word]… #journey hahaha Xx
I’ve been a fan of Matthew since those 2008 Olympics when he came out as gay. He was one of the first athletes to do so and proving that sexuality does not drive gold medals.
Those darn injuries we get as we age were also a contributor. He told ABC in Australia:
“The older you get you don’t tend to recover from injuries, you just accumulate them and I was doing pretty well physically. But again, there wasn’t enough of an incentive for me in diving to push through all the way to Rio when I’ve been given so many wonderful opportunities outside of diving, outside the pool that I’m really passionate about.”
Holy mackerel, what an epic day. But very rewarding, and therapeutic, and validating. Lots of people had lots of lovely things to say which was very sweet. I haven't had time to scratch myself today but I can't wait to read all your wonderful messages tomorrow. You guys have made me feel very special, thank you ☺️😘
Oh, yes. He’s a babe. Click a pic below to enlarge.