Tom Daley: My Story
Enter the enthralling world of Tom Daley, medallist in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Tom had the whole country behind him when he won bronze at the Olympics this year. A double Commonwealth gold medal winner, he is one of the sport's most exciting athletes. But there is also a heartbreaking and inspiring story of a young man coping with the death of his father whilst under the glare of the world's media spotlight.
In this, Tom's first official memoir, he offers unprecedented access to the pressures, challenges and fascinating experiences of a world-class Olympian. From his day-to-day schedule, to his hobbies and family life, to sharing his hopes and dreams in the build up to the London Olympics, this book offers a unique chance to get close to Tom. Featuring exclusive photography, both personal and newly commissioned, this is the ultimate book for the 2012 Olympics.
How many times do you reckon you've practised each dive you're doing in the Olympics?
Thousands of times!
What do you think about whilst you're diving?
The process of each dive, you can't allow your mind to wander because that is when diving goes wrong!
When you jump off the board, do you keep your eyes open?
Always. It would be really dangerous if I were close my eyes at any point. You need to know exactly where you are throughout the dive and you need to keep your eyes open in order to do that.
Do you get scared when you try a new dive?
It’s always nerve wracking when you try a new dive for the first time. But it’s a gradual process so you can prepare yourself psychologically.
Have you had any You’ve Been Framed style diving injuries and what happened?
I’ve hit my head a couple of times on the diving board and have the scars to prove it. Over the years I’ve probably had a number of bad entries into the water that could have definitely got me on You’ve Been Framed!
How do you decide which dives to do in a competition?
It’s really about having a competitive tariff of difficulty to make sure you can be up there with the best divers in the World. I’ve got one of the hardest lists of dives, which means if I dive well then I can be right up there.
What do you think are your chances of winning Gold at the Olympics?
There are 8 divers in the World that have a real chance of winning Gold. Qui Bo is the current World Champion, but with diving it’s all about how you perform on the day.
Other than diving, what's your favourite Olympic sport?
Gymnastics, because it is quite similar to diving so I understand it quite well.
Do you have to keep to a special diet when you're training?
You have to eat a sensible diet. I have to make sure I have enough carbohydrates and protein and steer clear of too many sweets and chocolates, although I love the odd Fab!
How does everyone in the team get on? Any rivalries?
The diving world is really friendly. Everyone in the GB squad gets on really well. We spend a lot of time together on camps and at competitions so close bonds are formed and we have a lot of fun.
Who are your sporting idols?
I think what Steve Redgrave achieved is incredible. To go to 5 Olympic Games and come away with a Gold each time is incredible. But the Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie, has been my idol for years.
What ambitions do you have beyond the 2012 Olympics?
I’m competing at the Junior World Championships in Adelaide in October, so I’ll have a couple of weeks off after the Olympics and then it will be back to training. I want to go to Rio, and who knows beyond that. Diving off a 10m means puts a lot of impact on your body, so quite often with divers it’s about how long you can stay injury free.
What other interests do you have outside of diving?
I like to hang out with my friends when I can. We do normal things like go to cinema or out for dinner. In the summer we spend a lot of time outdoors. It’s great living by the sea when the weather’s good!
If you weren’t a diver, what would you be doing?
I suppose I’d still be at school studying for my A-Levels. I still have lessons when I’m back in Plymouth but I’ve been away for a lot of this year so I’ve been taking my work away with me.
What will you do when you retire?
Ha, hopefully that’s quite a way off. But at the moment, becoming a TV presenter really appeals.
What is the weirdest food you’ve eaten when you’ve competed abroad?
Cat soup...I didn't realise until after :/
Why did you want to write a book?
At first the idea was for the book to be more pictorial, but then when I started to think about it I realised that even though I’m only 17 I’ve experienced quite a lot already and wanted to put something down on paper.
What will people enjoy most in the book?
The amount of photos and the deep insight into my life in the pool and out!
What was your favourite song of 2011?
LMFAO - Sexy and I know it
Have you got any more fun lip syncing videos in the pipeline?
Ha, I’m not sure we can top the LMFAO video. It was great fun to do during our down time in Australia. We might have to get thinking of a post Olympics video…
Who’s the most famous person on your phone?
Um probably James Corden. We met when we were filming for Sport Relief back in 2009 and I’ve seen him a few times since.
Who would be your ideal Come Dine with Me guests?
If we are talking dead and alive...I would say...
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