Matthew Mitcham Announces Retirement From Diving

The out Olympian begins another chapter of his life.

Before Tom Daley, there was out diver Matthew Mitcham, who won gold for Australia in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the single highest diving score in IOC history.

It was an unforgettable moment—both for sports and LGBT history.

Sadly, the 27-year-old has just announced his retirement from competitive 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.

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Mitcham’s exuberance and sincerity was infectious from the get go, as he thanked his mother and his partner, Lachlan, for their support.

We’d never seen this kind of openness from an Olympic athlete, and it cemented Matthew Mitcham as a sports icon.
 

 

His retirement doesn’t mean Matthew will disappear from the public eye, though: He’s spent the last few years dabbling in sports and entertainment ventures, from Celebrity Splash to Dancing With The Stars, and even a stint as a local weatherboy.

I had just #nailedit (see last post) and then I got a bit excited and the inevitable happened. WHAT FUN!!! @sunriseon7 #weather

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Congratulations to Matthew as he takes the next step in his life and career.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 30:  Matthew Mitcham of Australia poses for a portrait during the FINA Diving Grand Prix on October 30, 2015 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10:  Matthew Mitcham of Australia competes in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Preliminary on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29:  Diver Matthew Mitcham poses after the Australian 2012 Olympic Games team announcement at Chandler Aquatic Centre on May 29, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
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DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 13:  (L to R) Matthew Mitcham (silver) and Tom Daley (gold) of England  pose with the medals won in the Men's 10m Platform Final at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day ten of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 13, 2010 in Delhi, India.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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