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“I thought I was going to win an Olympic gold medal in Rio, and that turned out the complete opposite by a long shot,” Daley said. “It was my husband who said to me that my story wasn't finished, and my son or child — we didn’t know at the time — needed to be there to watch me win an Olympic gold medal.”
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“The fact that I can say that my son watched me become Olympic champion — albeit on TV and they couldn’t be here — is just, it’s such a great feeling,” Daley told CNN. “And to be able to do [it] with your best mate as well and to share that moment where you’re at the back of the podium.”
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“To be able to see out LGBT people performing at the Olympic Games, I hope [that] can give young kids hope and not feel so frightened and scared and alone,” Daley said to CNN. “To be able to see that no matter who you are, where you come from, you can become an Olympic champion, because I did."