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When he's not winning gold for Great Britain at the Olympics, diving champ Tom Daley is knitting up a storm while cheering on his team in the stands. Daley was photographed earlier this week working on a purple knit number (for the Instagram-famous French bulldog, Izzy) whilst in his Team Great Britain jersey during the Tokyo Olympics, and the internet has fallen in love with the gold medalist all over again.
"Oh this? Just Olympic champ @TomDaley1994 knitting in the stands while watching the diving," the official Olympics Twitter account tweeted on August 1st. He was killing time and watching the Women's 3m Springboard Final on Day 9 of the Olympics.
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And, of course, this is the most darling thing we've seen in a long time.
But those who have been following Daley's knitting Instagram (@madewithlovebytomdaley) weren't at all caught off guard by the quick knit sesh happening between dives. Daley started the Instagram page in September 2020 and has been sharing all his creations (including dog sweaters, baby hats, kitty couches, and sweaters for his son, Robert, and more) with the Instagram knitting and crochet community since. He even made his own swimwear—and we are *impressed*!
"The one thing that has kept me sane throughout this whole process is my love for knitting and crochet and all things stitching," Daley said in a video posted to his account last week after securing gold in the men's synchronized 10 meter platform event. "So I ought to say thank you to all my followers on here for actually following along. But, not only that, this morning, I made a little cozy for my medal..."
Daley also started to work on his Team Great Britain sweater earlier this week. He's prolific in his craft.
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And on August 4th, Daley showed off the finished product. His cardigan includes the Japanese word for Tokyo on the front, GBR on one sleeve, a Union Jack flag on the other sleeve, and Team GB on the back with the Olympic rings.
Alongside his video showing off his cardigan on Instagram, Daley wrote, "When I got to Tokyo, I wanted to make something that would remind me of these games. Something that I could say I had made in Tokyo, during the Olympics!"
Let's get another look at this cardigan, because honestly it's just so good:
If knitting were part of the Olympic Games, Daley would definitely take home gold in the knitting final event, too.