25.01.2022

Tom Daley Spotted in the Stands With His Other Great Olympics Partner: Knitting Needles

Tom Daley’s Olympic events in Tokyo may be over, but that won’t stop him (or his knitting needles) from making a splash. The pro diver was recently spotted on the sidelines of the women’s 3-meter springboard final on August 1 crafting his latest creation.

There’s no telling exactly what Daley is stringing together with purple yarn – perhaps a gift for his diving partner, Matty Lee, or for his husband, Dustin Lance Black – but judging by his previous work, it’s bound to be something special.

Daley’s love for knitting and crocheting started at the beginning of COVID-19 lockdown and has continued to be a bright spot as he trained for the Summer Games. “Learning to knit and crochet has helped me so much through these Olympics,” he explained on his dedicated Instagram page @madewithlovebytomdaley.

In fact, to celebrate his first-ever gold medal, Daley crocheted his award a cozy little sweater pouch. We’ll be eagerly awaiting an update on what he’s making next. For now, enjoy the photos ahead of Daley knitting in the Olympic stands like a pro.

This Video of Rowdy Gaines Calling the 4×100 Medley Relay Gave Me Chills All Over Again

My memories of Olympic swimming are inextricably tied to the voices of Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines, NBC’s duo of swimming commentators extraordinaire. Hicks and Gaines have called international swimming competitions for years on the network, managing to convey enough background information for new viewers to feel in on the story, while still capturing the drama of a tight race or a historical performance.

Let’s just say that when Rowdy Gaines starts yelling split times while a swimmer is charging down the lane, you know something big is going to happen. (Jason Lezak’s epic 2008 anchor leg, anyone?)

We got a peek behind the curtain this week when NBC dropped a behind-the-scenes video of Gaines calling the last 100 meters of the men’s 4x100m medley relay in Tokyo, a close contest between the US and the favorite, Great Britain. As Caeleb Dressel handed it over to anchor leg Zach Apple for the US, an in-booth camera focused on Gaines as he rattled off times, consulted his notes, and compared the top two swimmers as they made the turn for home.

All the while, Gaines can barely stay in his seat, hopping up and down and finally throwing his arms in the air as the US touched the wall first. That was pretty much my reaction at home while watching, so good to know that the professionals get just as wrapped up in it as we do! Also . . . can we request a Rowdy Cam at every Olympics from now on? Check out the clip above!

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