Matthew Mitcham discusses getting ready for the Games in Delhi

By Greg Hernandez The magnificent Matthew Mitcham is profiled in the new issue of CQ Australia as he prepares for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Matthew was the only openly gay athlete competing in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing – the only one – and his dramatic win from the 10-meter board gave him the highest score in Olympic diving history.

“Before the Games, people advised me not to come out to the media because it might hinder sponsors’ interest,” he said. “But while they didn’t come very quickly, I don’t know if that was because I came out or because of the GFC. Either way, I’ve got all these sponsors now so it doesn’t seem to be an issue. … The way I deal with life is to be honest and to deal with the consequences of that afterwards, should there be any. It’s much harder for me to lie or deceive or be in denial. Before the Olympics, I wanted Australia to know exactly who they were supporting.

Here are more excerpts from the interview:

GQ: How do you cope with the level of interest that comes from being an Olympic champion?

MM: It’s flattering, actually. Every kid grows up wanting to be special in their own way, and for me that’s happened through diving.

GQ: When you’re not at the pool, how do you spend your time?

MM: I’m really boring. The most interesting thing I do is dance around the living room in my underwear to Operator Please every now and then. If I had the choice I’d be a night owl, but I leave the house for training at 5.40am and I don’t get back until 6.30pm. Then it’s dinner, a bit of TV, some uni work and off to bed.

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