A gold medal with some pink in it

Posted on 24 Aug 2008 at 7:36am

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Finally, a guy wins gold in the water whose name isn’t “Phelps” … but who certainly had gay guys cheering. And he’s not even an American.

Matthew Mitcham, the openly gay Australian diver, thwarted China’s hopes of complete domination in all diving medal sports by surpassing the Chinese contingent in the 10 m platform event. 

Mitcham was a recent cover boy for the gay newsmagazine The Advocate, where he resisted being hyped as the next Greg Louganis. But for now at least, he doesn’t have a choice. 

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