Tom Daley: Diving for Britain


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I think I was nine when I drew this.

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It's me doing a handstand in the Olympics in London 2012.

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It'll definitely be absolutely out of this world if I could do it.

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Tom Daley is waiting for his dream to come true.

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It's July 2011, and with one year to go to the London Olympics,

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he's doing the inaugural dive into the aquatic pool.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Tom is one of the faces of London 2012

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and he has the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.

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But he's lost his world title to an apparently

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invincible Chinese opponent.

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CROWD: ..three, two, one!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Will he be able to fulfil his dream and bring home the gold

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after one of the most difficult years of his young life?

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Tom has always lived in Plymouth, with his family.

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Dad, Rob. Brothers Ben and William.

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-Oh, no!

-Mum!

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-No, don't call mum.

-Come on, jump on.

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And his Mum, Debbie.

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This is the person that's got a bad back.

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Rob has always been Tom's biggest supporter.

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He's taken him to all his training sessions

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and waved the flag at every competition.

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Look, doesn't that really annoy you? The back of his neck.

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Look at it all roll up. That really annoys me.

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What the hell are you doing?

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-How did he get up there?

-Ladder. Obviously.

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But as Tom heads into his toughest year yet,

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preparing for the London Olympics...

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..Rob is facing his own huge personal battle.

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I started what I thought was hallucinating.

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I had a strange sensation come over me,

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like I was filling up with hot water.

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So I had an MRI scan and a subsequent CAT scan

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and he said to me, "Oh, you've got a brain tumour."

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"Oh, have I?" And I'm thinking to myself, well,

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I wasn't expecting that. I said, "How big is it compared to the size of a 2p piece?"

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"Size of a fist," he said.

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And you think to yourself, well, 2012 Olympics.

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Am I going to be going to that?

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Rob needs regular scans to determine his treatment.

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-INTERCOM:

-Hello, can I help?

-Robert Daly for an MRI scan, please.

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-Pull the door, take a seat in the waiting room, please.

-Thank you.

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In January 2011, Rob receives terrible news.

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A second tumour has been detected in his brain.

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I go in the room where the scanner is

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and they ask me what sort of music I'd like to listen to

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while I'm having the scan.

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-Beach Boys. He'd like Beach Boys, wouldn't he, Mum?

-Yeah.

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-TECHINCIAN:

-About five minutes.

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I think about it on my own and you think to yourself, well,

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am I going to see grandchildren?

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You know, they're all things I get all the time

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because I'd be foolish not to think that.

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I've got to be real about it, haven't I?

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How Tom's dealing with it, what Tom's got to live with, you know.

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I spend a lot of time with him on my own, but because I'm always laughing

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and joking with him, he thinks I'm fine.

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Three, two, one, go.

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It's actually got to look like a tie, though, Rob.

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That does look like a tie, Tom. Stop it now.

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'I don't want to talk to Tom about it

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'because I find that I'm upsetting myself just to sit there and...

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'..just see his face drop and what not.'

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It's all twisted! It's still twisted.

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Twisted around his neck. It's not done properly.

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Rob is determined to be there for Tom as much as he can

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in the lead up to the Olympics.

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As Tom's next major competition is in three weeks' time

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at the World Series in Sheffield,

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he's training twice a day in Plymouth.

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Two and a half hours before and after school.

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The Chinese divers are probably doing, say,

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two or three training sessions a day

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and because they don't go to school,

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they don't do anything other than diving

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so I'd say they're probably doing about seven hours a day.

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And they're probably doing that six days a week,

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so they're doing A LOT of training.

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In order to beat the Chinese, Tom needs to learn a new dive.

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The front four-and-a-half .

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It's the most difficult dive in the world.

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Fun time.

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You're looking at 1.8 seconds for the whole dive.

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The entry's got to be very low down.

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It's not like the easier dives where they've got a bit of float time.

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You've got no float time

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in this dive. It's all about getting out and getting in.

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Front four-and-a-half is definitely a love-hate dive.

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One, two, three, go.

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Get it wrong, it will drop a diver to the bottom of the medal table.

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Get it right, and the diver is unbeatable.

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It's a real crucial dive.

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It's worth the risk and I know I have to risk everything in 2012.

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I'm really happy with that, Tom.

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Sweet.

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Along with training, Tom has major sponsorship commitments,

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and he's been given a car before he's even learnt to drive.

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What we're doing today is we're handing over Tom Daley's

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first new Mini and he is part of our London 2012 performance team

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for BMW and for Mini, and as part of that, he gets a car.

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Did you have a car like this when you were 17?

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No, I had a banger that didn't start on the first day I got it.

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It broke down on the first day.

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Mind you, it did cost about 300 quid, so that's probably why.

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It's actually wrapped up. Oh, that's funny.

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Here we go.

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That's got red insides as well!

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Oh... Right, here we go.

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I tell you what I'll do, I'll try and ring my mum.

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PHONE RINGS

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That's cool.

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Ready? Listen. Listen.

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BEEPS CAR HORN

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-Did you hear that?

-'Is that the horn?'

-Yeah.

-'I did, yeah.'

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'Very nice.'

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Tom, in ten years time, will have achieved as a diver.

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I hope that means he has an Olympic gold medal.

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Tom and diving is very important to Tom.

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In terms of him as a brand in the commercial side of things

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and the media side of things, I think he has a unique opportunity

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and we have to create a strategy around that.

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He's in a great position commercially of what can happen

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from here going forward of Tom the brand,

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Tom the breadwinner, he can achieve a hell of a lot.

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Roll camera, please. One more, please.

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With Tom being poster boy for London 2012,

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he's attracting a number of sponsorship deals and commercial opportunities.

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Becoming a brand adds additional pressure to his school

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and training commitments.

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..you can launch into a free canoeing lesson.

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First TV advert, so it's...

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I'm quite excited but quite nervous at the same time to see whether I can get all my lines in

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at the right time, and stuff.

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Take 30.

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-ALL:

-Get set, go free!

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We've done 37 takes of the advert now, but apparently that's quite good for a sequence shot.

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Good job, everyone! Good job.

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Do you have to be careful that you don't spoil him as a person?

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The good news on that side of things is...

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his family environment is fantastic.

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Rob and the ideals he created are really strong.

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That that doesn't change, of course. What happens next, who knows,

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if you see what I mean, but there is a strength in Tom.

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Rob is having regular scans to see how the chemotherapy

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is affecting his tumours.

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The results show that they're continuing to grow.

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This is the, um, the scan.

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-So it just lights up.

-Is that the tumour?

-Yep.

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That's the tumour.

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Cancer's a horrible thing for anyone.

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Anyone that's been through it with a family member or themselves,

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they'll know what I mean,

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but Dad's had cancer for five years now.

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And he got over the first lot and then he had another tumour.

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Got over that one and then got another tumour.

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So he's been unlucky three times

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to get three different types of cancer.

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They don't know whether it's spread from the same one or it's gone from different ones, but it's...

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Yeah... He's definitely been unlucky. He doesn't deserve it at all.

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It's touch and go

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if he can attend Tom's next major championship in Sheffield.

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We've just got to keep our fingers crossed, really,

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because you never know what can happen and you've just got to hope for a miracle.

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Sheffield is the start of Tom's campaign

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to retain his individual world title at ten metres.

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He's also showcasing the new dive,

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the front four-and-a-half with his synchro partner Pete Waterfield.

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It's the ten metres synchro today. And then the individual tomorrow.

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So he's up with Pete Waterfield

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off the back of their bronze medal at the last one.

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So, they're hoping to get on that rostrum again, if possible.

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And of course, it's the big four-and-a-half somersault which everyone's doing

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and Tom was very uncomfortable with it and is now much more comfortable with it.

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He might actually be enjoying it a little bit now.

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The Daley family have driven up from Plymouth to support Tom.

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Until the last minute, they weren't sure if Rob would make it,

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following another round of chemotherapy.

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-It's wonderful.

-It is. It must be.

-Well, I'm just glad to be here,

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and...

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He's survived my driving!

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Are we all right? Yeah.

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SHE LAUGHS

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-Does it feel like the old days?

-Er... Yeah.

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CHEERING

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In 2005, Tom became the youngest diver in Britain to qualify

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for the Commonwealth Games. He was just 11 years old.

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Rob had been by his side for every training session.

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So proud of you.

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Well done, mate.

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He supports me all the way and if I didn't have his support system,

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I wouldn't be here now cos...

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I wouldn't want to carry on without his support.

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How's it been bringing Rob here? How's that been for you?

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I didn't think we'd get him here. I really didn't.

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Two weeks ago, when he was

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going through his chemo, he was very, very drowsy.

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He couldn't eat his food without dropping off to sleep.

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The last three or four days, he's wide awake now.

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Maybe that's because the chemo's gone out of his system.

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But he was dropping off a little bit earlier on.

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-Great for him, though.

-Yeah. Of course it is.

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In fact, I keep saying, "You're here.

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"I didn't think you'd get here." But, you know, it's not good, is it?

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We won't go there.

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ANNOUNCER: Representing Great Britain, we have Thomas Daley...

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Representing China, we have Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquang.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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I'd like to think they'll come third or fourth. That would be good.

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They'll definitely come... They'll definitely come fourth or above.

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-And not first?

-No, they won't beat the Chinese.

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Cos all they eat is rice.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Diving is judged on five points -

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starting position, approach, take off,

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flight and entry into the water.

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The perfect entry is virtually splash free.

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ANNOUNCER: Representing China, Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquang.

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9, 9.5...

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What do you feel when you see the Chinese divers up there?

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Just breathtaking, really.

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Do you know, I look to see

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what they're doing different than our divers.

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To me, it's I've got a big stone to throw in the water,

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you've got a small one, who's going to make the last splash?

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It seems an obvious thing, doesn't it? They are small people.

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TOM: Anything can happen in diving.

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You could get a good start but then slip out, let go of one of your legs.

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There's so many things that can go wrong.

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Sometimes, you can tell from the start whether it's going to be good or not.

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A good dive, you hit the water and you get sucked through it.

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Tom and Pete Waterfield

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need to pull off the front four and a half to beat the Chinese.

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ANNOUNCER: And, finally, representing China, Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquang.

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APPLAUSE

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8, 8, 8.5. Thank you, divers!

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Tom and Pete clinch the gold medal for the ten metre synchro

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after the Chinese perform badly in their final dive.

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Quite a shock. I didn't think that would happen but...

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I'm glad I'm here.

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For him to have done that and beaten the Chinese on his home ground,

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fantastic. Unbelievable. Never ever thought he would do that.

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-You won't cry, though?

-I don't know...

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He's proud of you. Course he can cry.

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-He's a right softy, isn't he?

-Yeah.

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Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for the national anthem...

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Standing up, yeah?

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If I can bloody get out of here.

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-SHOUTING:

-# Gracious Queen Long live our noble Queen

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# God save our Queen. #

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Well, I'm hoping he's going to get into the final.

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-And who's his main rival?

-Again, it's going to be the Chinese guys.

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I know...

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..a Chinese PT instructor called Won Jim Shu.

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The ten metre individual event

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is the most prestigious in the competition.

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It attracts legions of Tom's most dedicated fans

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from around the country.

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-What do you like about Tom?

-We literally think

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he's so amazing and what he does, especially

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because he's only a year older than us.

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I mean, look at us. We're not diving for England in the Olympics.

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Hello, Mr Daley, or Rob. I don't know. Get well soon.

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All of us who support Tom support you as well.

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Your happiness is amazing, you're constantly buzzing.

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Best wishes and luck from Chloe.

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I can see you're going to be a hit with all the girls now.

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-And their mums.

-Watch out, Debbie(!)

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In the individual event, Tom's greatest rival

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is the Chinese diver, Qui Bo.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Qui Bo is the favourite for the gold.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Brilliant, that was. He's currently fourth now.

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One dive to go.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen,

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he's the world number one and he's the winner today, from China, Qui Bo.

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Um, I think Tom's come fourth in this competition.

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Tom has beaten by Qui Bo and the Americans.

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His one poor entry in the back triple somersault cost him a medal.

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Being such a big name, Tom can't go away and hide

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after a disappointing performance.

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His day isn't over when he leaves the pool.

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He has 250,000 followers on Twitter

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and they grab every opportunity to meet him.

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Listen, it's one autograph or photo per person, that's it.

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OK, do you want to move over a bit? Right, autograph or photo?

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-Photo.

-OK, you'll have to do it from the front.

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I'll lean over.

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He's got half an hour and then he's got to go.

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Tomorrow, I'm going to be going to Mexico

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for the next leg of the World Series, so we do it all over again next week.

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-When are you home next?

-I'm home next on May 10th,

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and then I've got a Spanish oral exam on the 12th,

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so it's completely chaotic.

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Do you feel like he's gone into a different world now?

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Not really, because he still lives at home.

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He ain't started to drive yet, so we haven't lost him completely yet.

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But are you so glad that he could see Tom win last night?

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-Cos that's all you'd wish for, isn't it, that he could be there to see that.

-Yeah, yeah...

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You've done it now, haven't you.

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Are you planning to go on any trips yourself to support Tom?

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Not while Robert's in this condition. We won't leave him, no.

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Robert is our priority, not Tom.

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-Michaela, Mikhaila, what is it?

-Michaela.

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I got called home from Mexico

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where I was in a training camp.

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I had a phone call from my mum and she just said,

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"Tom, you'll have to come home, Dad's quite ill."

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So, I didn't really know what to expect from that.

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So we came home as quick as we could, myself and Andy, my coach,

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and he came in, and we saw him there, just...

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laying there, asleep. When he wakes up, his eyes kind of roll.

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When he speaks, he's slurred.

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Nothing, kind of, you couldn't get anything out of him

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and it was...it was terrifying me

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cos I could just remember seeing him and thinking all this time

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that my dad's been there, he's been away at every competition with me.

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He goes away everywhere and then to think that of the possibility

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that I wouldn't have a dad, and I wouldn't be able to have

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someone that would go away with me, someone that would go to

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all the different competitions, be there to watch me at training,

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and I can remember thinking, "What if he doesn't get to see me in 2012?"

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And I'm thinking that's all he talks about, he talks about,

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"Have we got our tickets yet? Do we know if we've got our tickets?"

0:24:220:24:25

And you just think...

0:24:250:24:27

everything that we've done, we've done it together,

0:24:270:24:31

and to think that he might not be in 2012 to see it, it's hard.

0:24:310:24:37

Did my maths exam today.

0:24:460:24:49

Yeah, it was better than the one in January.

0:24:490:24:53

-How do you know?

-It just felt better anyway.

0:24:530:24:57

When will you find out?

0:24:590:25:02

In the summer, I get my results.

0:25:020:25:04

-Mm.

-Mm.

0:25:040:25:06

'I try and sit with him as much as I can.

0:25:080:25:11

'It's important to try and spend time with him'

0:25:130:25:16

because it's the time where he feels the most lonely, he feels the most...

0:25:160:25:19

where he can't do anything, and I think it's really important that we spend

0:25:190:25:23

as much time as possible just even if I'm there holding his hand or something like that,

0:25:230:25:27

we just need to be with him.

0:25:270:25:28

Do you feel dazed and shocked still and tired,

0:26:160:26:19

or have you not felt any of that?

0:26:190:26:21

I don't really know how I feel. I kind of... It's weird. I'm...

0:26:210:26:28

I don't feel tired, or sometimes I do, just like any other day,

0:26:280:26:32

but I don't feel like...

0:26:320:26:35

I don't know how I should feel.

0:26:350:26:37

Loads of people...some people sit in the corner and are crying.

0:26:370:26:41

I'm kind of feeling bad for carrying on, but I think that's what Dad would have wanted.

0:26:410:26:46

Dad would have wanted me to carry on as normal

0:26:460:26:48

and even when he was downstairs for that whole month in bed,

0:26:480:26:51

he was always talking about...he always said to me, "Why aren't you at training?"

0:26:510:26:55

We had some lovely cards from people.

0:27:110:27:14

We had messages from people like Seb Coe.

0:27:140:27:18

His thoughts are with us and that he that he was sorry to hear about the loss.

0:27:180:27:22

We've had cards from people we didn't know,

0:27:220:27:27

people who have just followed Tom in his career.

0:27:270:27:30

-Have you read every one?

-Yeah.

0:27:300:27:33

The amount of people that turned up to the funeral as well.

0:27:330:27:35

-Attendance cards. They said each one holds about...

-100?

-100.

0:27:350:27:43

-So, nearly 400 people came?

-Yeah.

0:27:430:27:46

So, there's loads of people there.

0:27:470:27:50

The one good thing about it was that Dad managed to actually write out

0:27:500:27:55

William's birthday card because he died three days before his birthday.

0:27:550:27:59

When he first...when he got quite poorly,

0:27:590:28:02

when I could see that he wasn't going to be able to do things

0:28:020:28:06

for much longer, I did get him to write their cards out.

0:28:060:28:10

-He put a little comment in each of them, didn't he?

-Mm.

0:28:100:28:14

All my brothers' birthdays are in...in May.

0:28:140:28:17

It's 12th, 21st and 30th, and mine's in the middle.

0:28:170:28:20

And Dad managed to write out Ben's birthday card.

0:28:200:28:24

Um...

0:28:240:28:27

It says, "Thanks for all your help, Ben. Love, Dad."

0:28:270:28:30

And this one was my one, where it said, "Good luck at driving."

0:28:320:28:36

Kiss, kiss, and then he's put "Dad." Then you've got William's,

0:28:380:28:41

whose is the last birthday,

0:28:410:28:43

well, he didn't quite make it until William's birthday,

0:28:430:28:47

but he's put "Willsey". He put like a long exclamated...

0:28:470:28:52

-That's his nickname for him.

-Willsey, yep.

0:28:520:28:55

-Don't know, keep it all together?

-Yeah, put it all together.

0:28:550:29:00

Should be there.

0:29:000:29:02

When people come up to you in the streets and they're like,

0:29:030:29:06

they say, "Oh, hi, Tom.

0:29:060:29:08

"I'm really sorry about your dad," I don't mind it and I don't mind...

0:29:080:29:13

But then it just puts an awkward spin on the situation.

0:29:130:29:16

I'm like, "Yeah, thank you." But what do you say?

0:29:160:29:19

Do you say thank you? Do you say it's OK? I don't know how to reply to it.

0:29:190:29:23

And I'm like, "Yeah, yeah. It's OK."

0:29:230:29:26

Like, but then you don't want to say it's OK because it's not necessarily OK.

0:29:260:29:31

You just don't know what to say.

0:29:310:29:32

And I don't like it if my friends or family, if they don't want,

0:29:320:29:38

they kind of sometimes avoid talking about certain things

0:29:380:29:40

or they avoid saying certain things

0:29:400:29:42

because they think they might upset me, but I don't want people to be awkward like that

0:29:420:29:46

because I would speak openly about my dad all day, kind of thing,

0:29:460:29:49

and I wouldn't get upset because I know that

0:29:490:29:52

whenever anyone thinks about Rob Daley, they would just smile.

0:29:520:29:55

And...

0:29:550:29:57

one thing that's horrible was when it was my birthday,

0:29:570:30:01

and it was my first driving lesson.

0:30:010:30:04

Then Dad got really upset and angry that he couldn't come out

0:30:040:30:06

and watch me do my first driving lesson. That was hard.

0:30:060:30:11

Left a bit more. Whoa...

0:30:110:30:14

It's fine, I couldn't get over more otherwise I'd have hit that car.

0:30:140:30:17

Ah no, I'm going to be doing clutch control up here, if there's traffic.

0:30:170:30:20

Clutch control, yeah.

0:30:200:30:23

Check me out.

0:30:230:30:25

We always tend to have arguments about indication at roundabouts.

0:30:250:30:29

Go, it's give way to the right, you knob!

0:30:290:30:32

Tom!

0:30:320:30:34

I'm really close to my mum. I was close to her before,

0:30:340:30:37

but I guess, when something like this happens, it makes you even closer.

0:30:370:30:41

We're doing more things together that we wouldn't normally do.

0:30:410:30:45

She's driving with me, where normally it would be Dad doing that stuff.

0:30:450:30:48

She's been so good with everything.

0:30:480:30:52

The calendar for international competitions for Tom is unrelenting.

0:31:010:31:05

He only missed one training session after his dad died.

0:31:050:31:08

Where's he going on Friday?

0:31:100:31:13

To Shanghai, and off we go with the World Championships.

0:31:130:31:17

What do you want out of that?

0:31:170:31:18

A steady performance.

0:31:180:31:20

We've been working on this new list, obviously.

0:31:200:31:23

I'm hoping we can go to the World Championships, do a confident list.

0:31:230:31:26

He'll come away from that ready to begin the build-up

0:31:260:31:29

in to next year, which is 2012. It's come round pretty quick.

0:31:290:31:32

Did Tom appear, in any way,

0:31:360:31:40

did his performance change after Rob died?

0:31:400:31:43

Not really, no. Obviously, it's changed our training process.

0:31:430:31:47

We haven't done exactly what I would have done,

0:31:470:31:49

had there been no problem within the family scenario.

0:31:490:31:53

But because that's changed,

0:31:530:31:56

it means we haven't what I'd call a perfect build-up into this event.

0:31:560:32:00

His dad would have been mortified if he'd felt that

0:32:000:32:03

everybody had stopped because of the situation he was in.

0:32:030:32:07

So, he came back, and we've supported that,

0:32:070:32:10

as has the rest of diving.

0:32:100:32:12

So, I'm really pleased with that.

0:32:120:32:14

As always, Tom has compartmentalised his diving side from school life.

0:32:140:32:18

School is really busy as well. He's doing A-levels early.

0:32:180:32:21

He's trying to get that all finished by January.

0:32:210:32:24

So where to now?

0:32:270:32:29

Now, we are going to school. Just got changed as quick as I could.

0:32:290:32:33

Shoved everything in my bag, got all the bags I could possibly carry.

0:32:330:32:37

Got my diving stuff in here,

0:32:370:32:39

my diving bag, my school bag, got everything in it.

0:32:390:32:43

Hectic day, Tuesdays, but, yeah.

0:32:430:32:46

Now I'm going in for a Spanish lesson to start my second year of A-levels.

0:32:460:32:52

THEY SPEAK SPANISH

0:32:520:32:54

Straight back from school, Tom is packing for Shanghai.

0:33:140:33:18

And then shut the lid.

0:33:200:33:24

Debbie, what's it like, packing with Tom to go away for a month?

0:33:240:33:28

Um... He's quite erratic,

0:33:280:33:31

because he'll go from one thing to the next

0:33:310:33:33

without finishing the original thing he's getting ready for.

0:33:330:33:36

It's hard to keep him focused.

0:33:360:33:38

So... Surprisingly!

0:33:380:33:41

So, you've just got say, "Tom, we're doing your training kit first,

0:33:410:33:45

"doing your downtime clothes after."

0:33:450:33:48

Is that everything in there? I don't believe it.

0:33:480:33:50

-School books.

-Oh.

0:33:500:33:52

When do you do your homework?

0:33:520:33:55

All the time! Whenever I can, really.

0:33:550:33:58

It's, like, full-on, non-stop.

0:33:580:34:00

It's literally just...

0:34:000:34:02

Pages and pages.

0:34:020:34:03

Pages and pages.

0:34:030:34:05

Are you defending your title?

0:34:050:34:07

Yeah, this is my defending title.

0:34:070:34:09

To be honest, I think it's about going out there,

0:34:090:34:11

trying to do my individual dives as well as possible.

0:34:110:34:14

But always the competitive spirit comes in,

0:34:140:34:16

and I'll end up wanting to do more. But, yeah, we'll see what happens.

0:34:160:34:20

Tom is practising last-minute for his driving test,

0:34:220:34:25

but it's qualification for the Olympics that's preoccupying him.

0:34:250:34:30

A top eight finish in China will secure him a place at London 2012.

0:34:300:34:35

Qiu Bo is doing the front four-and-a-half really well.

0:34:360:34:40

He's doing ridiculously hard dives at the moment

0:34:400:34:43

and he's doing them very consistently too.

0:34:430:34:45

That's the main thing, to try to put pressure on the Chinese people.

0:34:450:34:49

They don't really like pressure, so if you put the pressure on them,

0:34:490:34:53

that's when, hopefully, they might buckle a little bit,

0:34:530:34:56

when you have to try and take advantage of them.

0:34:560:34:58

The most difficult thing about the front four-and-a-half is the fact

0:35:000:35:03

there's so much dive that you have to fit in.

0:35:030:35:05

You have to run down the board, you have to jump up steep,

0:35:050:35:08

you have squeeze into your tuck really tight,

0:35:080:35:10

you have to do all the spins and rotations.

0:35:100:35:13

The G-force is constantly trying to pull you out of your shapes.

0:35:130:35:17

It all comes down to doing it once.

0:35:170:35:19

That's the thing that scares me,

0:35:190:35:21

the fact I can train for however many hours you want.

0:35:210:35:23

But it's only one of each dive that counts.

0:35:230:35:25

Tom's greatest challenge in Shanghai,

0:35:490:35:51

is beating his arch rival Qiu Bo.

0:35:510:35:54

At 18 Qiu Bo is only a few months older than Tom.

0:35:560:36:01

He's already scored a record-breaking number of perfect-ten scores,

0:36:010:36:05

and is reputed to be the most dangerous contender

0:36:050:36:09

for Tom's world title.

0:36:090:36:11

The mop volume you do on your dives, the better they are.

0:36:110:36:13

When you've done a new dive,

0:36:130:36:15

and you've only done them, say, 100 times,

0:36:150:36:17

they're not going to be as good as someone like Qiu Bo

0:36:170:36:20

who's done them, say, 1,000 times, as he's been doing them for four years.

0:36:200:36:23

The Chinese have assembled the most formidable team ever.

0:36:250:36:28

Over 100 divers have been put through Chinese sports camps.

0:36:280:36:32

CHEERING

0:36:430:36:45

He seems to be, at the moment, coping very well.

0:36:490:36:52

Obviously, deep down, he must be feeling it,

0:36:520:36:56

losing your father, anybody who loses a father,

0:36:560:36:58

it's a difficult thing, especially at a young age like he is.

0:36:580:37:01

I think he will miss Rob in the crowd.

0:37:010:37:03

AUDIENCE GASPS

0:37:120:37:13

Oh, that's good.

0:37:130:37:16

Not his best.

0:37:200:37:23

I can't see him, unfortunately, medalling this time. But you never know.

0:37:260:37:30

Ooh, a bit of splash. Oh, bit of splash.

0:37:340:37:37

Two months after his father died,

0:37:370:37:39

Tom loses his World Championship title to Qiu Bo.

0:37:390:37:43

Tom came fifth overall in the individual ten metre.

0:37:480:37:53

But his position in the top eight

0:37:530:37:54

qualifies him for the London Olympics.

0:37:540:37:58

-REPORTER:

-What did you learn from the Chinese,

0:37:580:38:01

as they certainly responded at home in Shanghai?

0:38:010:38:03

Yeah, the Chinese have been good, diving fantastically here.

0:38:030:38:06

They've won every event.

0:38:060:38:07

The Chinese divers won all ten gold medals.

0:38:070:38:11

Qiu Bo registered 25 perfect tens,

0:38:110:38:16

scoring a world record of 609 points.

0:38:160:38:20

Yeah, he's had a horrible year, a horrible few weeks,

0:38:240:38:27

for him to come out and still perform is...

0:38:270:38:29

I mean, I lost a parent,

0:38:290:38:32

and I couldn't do it after only a few weeks,

0:38:320:38:37

to come back and carry on as normal, no way.

0:38:370:38:40

So yeah, he has done really well.

0:38:400:38:43

-Proud to be British, aren't we, today?

-Yeah.

0:38:430:38:46

THEY LAUGH

0:38:460:38:48

Amongst all the millions of Chinese.

0:38:480:38:50

Here we go. Ni hao, everyone.

0:39:020:39:05

The next day, Tom's commitments to the media and his fans continue.

0:39:050:39:10

He has over 850,000 fans on Chinese Twitter.

0:39:100:39:14

His agent, Jamie, believes exposure in China

0:39:140:39:17

is more significant for Tom than in Europe.

0:39:170:39:20

-Why is it, in photos, Chinese people always go...

-Yes, for victory.

0:39:200:39:25

Oh, victory, oh!

0:39:250:39:28

China is going to be a very important market for Tom over the next decade.

0:39:280:39:33

Why? Because diving, its home is in China.

0:39:330:39:39

As we saw yesterday at the Worlds, they won all the gold medals.

0:39:390:39:42

This is where, as a sport, it has the biggest impact on the planet.

0:39:420:39:46

It's very important that we do the right media

0:39:460:39:49

and commercial work here, to help him over the next decade.

0:39:490:39:53

Hi to all the QQ web users.

0:39:550:39:59

OK, so who do you think is the most beautiful Chinese female athlete?

0:39:590:40:03

THEY LAUGH

0:40:030:40:07

Er... Guo Jingjing.

0:40:070:40:09

Guo Jingjing. But too old for me!

0:40:090:40:12

THEY LAUGH

0:40:120:40:14

Lots of media call you the next David Beckham in the UK,

0:40:140:40:19

or maybe the Harry Potter from the platform.

0:40:190:40:22

I think, within China, it is a really unique opportunity.

0:40:220:40:26

The timing of Tom, his age, and China and sport,

0:40:260:40:29

is truly unique.

0:40:290:40:31

A very excited group of fans have won a competition just to meet Tom.

0:40:310:40:36

-Ni hao.

-Hello, Tom.

-Hello.

0:40:360:40:39

Did you watch yesterday?

0:40:400:40:42

-Yeah. You did pretty cool.

-Yeah? Thank you.

0:40:420:40:44

-You're great.

-Yes. OK.

0:40:440:40:46

I expect more than that.

0:40:460:40:47

Hopefully, next year.

0:40:470:40:49

You can do better in London.

0:40:490:40:50

Yeah, I hope so.

0:40:500:40:52

They're new dives.

0:40:520:40:54

CAMERAS CLICK

0:40:540:40:56

Cheers. Good.

0:40:560:40:59

Look here.

0:40:590:41:01

Cheese.

0:41:030:41:05

There you go. OK.

0:41:050:41:07

-Bye!

-Thank you.

0:41:080:41:10

Zai jian.

0:41:100:41:13

-Bye-bye.

-Zai jian.

-Bye.

0:41:130:41:17

Bless them!

0:41:170:41:18

THEY ALL SHOUT

0:41:190:41:21

I love Tom.

0:41:210:41:23

Support him. Support him forever, forever.

0:41:230:41:28

I will go to London.

0:41:280:41:30

Despite losing his World Championship title,

0:41:420:41:45

the commercial possibilities for Tom are endless.

0:41:450:41:49

Madame Tussauds have commissioned a waxwork

0:41:490:41:52

for an exhibition on Olympians,

0:41:520:41:55

and a biography is being published to mark Tom's 18th birthday.

0:41:550:41:59

We thought as well it would be interesting to try a different colour scheme.

0:42:050:42:08

I like the fact it is quite a close-up shot on the front

0:42:080:42:11

so you can actually see who it is.

0:42:110:42:13

And then, on the back, at least,

0:42:130:42:15

there's one people would normally associate me with, ie, no clothes!

0:42:150:42:21

THEY LAUGH

0:42:210:42:22

There's going to be a lot of noise around Tom Daley.

0:42:220:42:25

That's natural, because,

0:42:250:42:27

there are so many dimensions, if you like, to Tom on an interest level.

0:42:270:42:31

He is the pin-up for the teenage girls, there's no question of that.

0:42:310:42:36

Mums and dads have respect him for what he's achieved, because he's an A* student.

0:42:360:42:40

He's got pretty much A* in everything he's done.

0:42:400:42:43

He is the best he can be, he's a great role model.

0:42:430:42:45

Grandparents love him.

0:42:450:42:47

It's one of those, he's cross- generation, from that point of view.

0:42:470:42:50

But there are mutterings in the press

0:42:500:42:52

that maybe Tom is doing too much media work

0:42:520:42:55

and it's affecting his diving.

0:42:550:42:58

Even the head of British diving, the Russian coach Alexei Evangulov,

0:42:580:43:01

has publicly voiced his concerns.

0:43:010:43:04

I respect Alexei, he's one of the best diving coaches in the world.

0:43:040:43:08

He's got outstanding experience.

0:43:080:43:11

In his perfect world,

0:43:110:43:13

Tom Daley would not be doing media or commercial work,

0:43:130:43:17

he would be - forgive me, Alexei, for saying this -

0:43:170:43:20

but in probably northern China or northern Russia,

0:43:200:43:26

just diving 24/7.

0:43:260:43:29

And that's fine to say that, but there is a difference.

0:43:290:43:31

That isn't who Tom Daley is.

0:43:310:43:33

It's early September, and Tom's going back to school

0:43:350:43:37

to start the final year of his A-levels.

0:43:370:43:41

Trousers. There we go, right.

0:43:410:43:44

I'll hang this up over here so that it's all ready in the morning.

0:43:440:43:51

This is my dad area.

0:43:510:43:55

-That's some of my dad's ashes are in there.

-Really?

-Yeah.

0:43:550:43:59

Just a little heart.

0:43:590:44:02

When I first got given it, I was bit like...

0:44:020:44:05

..oh, my God, like, it's really weird.

0:44:060:44:09

It's weird to think that your dad's in there, kind of thing.

0:44:090:44:13

But it's always good to have, he's always there, then, isn't he?

0:44:130:44:17

Right, I think I'm ready for school, by the looks of it.

0:44:170:44:21

-Are you excited about going back to school?

-Yeah. I guess so.

0:44:210:44:24

I'm kind of looking forward to going back to school.

0:44:240:44:27

There's so many things going on.

0:44:270:44:28

Loads of competitions we've got to go to.

0:44:280:44:30

We've got a three-week training camp at the end of the year in Australia.

0:44:300:44:34

Then we've got the National Championships in January.

0:44:340:44:36

Then three weeks at the World Cup.

0:44:360:44:38

Then we've got four weeks of all the World Series.

0:44:380:44:41

Then we've got lots of training camps in between that.

0:44:410:44:44

Two weeks in Plymouth for a training camp.

0:44:440:44:46

Then the European Championships in May.

0:44:460:44:48

Then we've got the National Championships.

0:44:480:44:50

Then we've got a two-week training camp.

0:44:500:44:52

Warm weather training camp.

0:44:520:44:54

Then home for two weeks, and then a two-week pre-Olympic camp.

0:44:540:44:57

And then we're into the Olympics. So, it's a long year.

0:44:570:45:00

Tom and Pete Waterfield hope to represent Great Britain

0:45:060:45:09

in the ten metre synchro in the London Olympics.

0:45:090:45:12

With Pete based in Southampton, and Tom in Plymouth,

0:45:120:45:15

they've had few opportunities to train together.

0:45:150:45:17

Go for that entry.

0:45:180:45:21

Legs up, and through.

0:45:210:45:22

Really happy.

0:45:260:45:28

The best one of each of the dives that they did

0:45:280:45:30

was really world-class.

0:45:300:45:32

Yeah. Nice.

0:45:320:45:34

-I haven't been getting any like that.

-No?

0:45:340:45:37

It must be you.

0:45:370:45:39

Bringing the best out of me.

0:45:390:45:41

Yeah, it was good, considering we haven't trained together for ages.

0:45:410:45:44

Yeah, it's looking really good, actually.

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It looks really good.

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Can't wait to get them up on the ten metre.

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184 days,

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three hours, 36 minutes and 19, 18, 17 seconds,

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until the Olympics.

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Now, that's scary.

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Well, most nights I think about diving in 2012.

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It's that kind of thing where you get yourself all hyped up,

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and your heart's going all the time.

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But I try not to think about it too much,

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because you let yourself get carried away.

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You just have to focus on the now rather than the future.

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And from now on,

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the pressure will keep mounting.

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The Diving World Cup is Tom and Pete's next chance

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to pit themselves against the Chinese

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with the home crowd behind them.

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And as the qualifying competition for the ten metre synchro event at the London Olympics,

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the pressure is on all divers to secure a place.

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-Who have you come to see tonight?

-Tom.

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Guess who!?

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-I love him so much.

-You love him so much, do you? Why?

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Because he's beautiful.

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Excuse me, who have you come to see tonight?

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We've come to see Tom Daley obviously.

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Tom Daley, yay!

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Who have you come to see tonight?

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-My son.

-Who's that?

-Peter Waterfield.

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-Are you Pete's dad?

-Yeah. Don't I look like him?!

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I wanted to make him a millionaire

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and I just gave him my looks.

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It's a bit sad, really.

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-But, rock on for tonight, I'm sure they're going to do well.

-Good luck.

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So, what are you predicting for tonight?

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Bronze.

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Gold medal would be quite nice, but...

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CHEERING AND WHISTLING

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The Chinese win the gold in the ten metre synchro.

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Tom and Pete score the lowest marks of all the competitors

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for the front four-and-a-half.

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How are you feeling?

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Well, it was a fantastic competition.

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And one dive, that's all it takes.

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At this level, it's always just one dive.

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Unfortunately, Tom Daley and his partner Pete didn't get a medal.

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Do you know where they came?

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They came seventh, I think.

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And what about the Chinese, when you look at them,

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do you dread them going up on the board?

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Well, no, because, at the end of the day, they are the best.

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You've got to say the best is the best.

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To us, a silver medal is the world's gold, if you know what I mean.

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How does that make you feel about the Olympics?

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Nerve-racking.

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Because there's so many of them,

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they just bring them out like a conveyor belt.

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That is, unfortunately, what we're up against.

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But one dive, as I say, one dive England, one dive China,

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one dive America.

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However drops that dive, someone's in with a good shot.

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I know they can do it.

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With the Olympics looming on the horizon,

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Tom is carrying a huge weight on his young shoulders.

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You kind of just feel quite lonely on the end of the diving board.

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Because, you're there, it's you,

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there's no-one else that can help you now.

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You know everyone's looking at you, everyone's judging you.

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You feel quite vulnerable.

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MUFFLED TANNOY ANNOUNCEMENT

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MUFFLED CHEERING

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And how has the last year been for you?

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-It's been a terrible year in many ways.

-Yeah.

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Well, this past year has been hard.

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And then it's been good at the same time.

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Because obviously it was really hard losing my dad,

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he was a massive part of my diving career.

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He was a massive part of my life.

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But then, qualifying for the Olympics was just amazing.

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And that's the kind of thing that I know he would be proud of me,

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and going into this competition, I know he'll be here,

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he'll be there watching.

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I'm Tom's dad.

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Tom, come and give me a cuddle. Please, come on, please.

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Dad, you'll make me cry.

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APPLAUSE

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My dad always taught me

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to not care what anyone else thinks of what you're doing,

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because I know that I'm training as hard as I possibly can,

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nd my dad, if he was here, he would definitely have been encouraging me,

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saying, the fact you're training hard, you're putting all the hours in,

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you're doing really well.

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Whatever happens, you've just got to be happy with your own performance

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and try your best, and not worry what everyone else thinks.

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