How do Olympic divers pass the time on the pool deck during competition?
Consulting coaches and breaking down their previous dive, maybe? Visualizing their next attempt, perhaps? Knitting a sweater or scarf? Wait. What?
Yes, that’s what British diving legend Tom Daley has been doing during long waits between dives at the Tokyo Games. The 27-year-old was spotted knitting near the diving pool in between rounds. He’s knitted sweaters, scarfs and even a little “cozy” for his Olympic gold medal.
"It has been such a great distraction for me to be mindful," he said, adding that he was making a scarf for a toy that one of the officials had.
Daley won his long-sought Olympic gold medal at his fourth Games with a victory in the men's 10- meter synchronized platform diving with teammate Matty Lee.
"The one thing that has kept me sane throughout this whole process is my love for knitting, crocheting and all things stitching," Daley said on an Instagram post in which he revealed his medal “cozy.”
He also showed off a special sweater he knitted to commemorate his Tokyo Games experienced and modeled it on a YouTube post.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.