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Matthew Mitcham is a diver competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for Australia.

At the Beijing Olympics, Australian Matthew Mitcham — earning four perfect 10s on his last dive — won the men's 10m platform in an upset that prevented China from sweeping the eight Olympic diving gold medals. Mitcham totaled 537.95 points in the six-dive final, edging Zhou Luxin of China by 4.80 points, and sending the platform title Down Under for the first time. He became the first Aussie man since 1924
Matthew Mitcham shirtless
Matthew Mitcham shirtless
to win a diving gold, and just the third Aussie ever.

Mitcham has not won a gold medal at a major diving competition since the 2008 Olympics, as he earned bronze at the 2009 World Championships (1m springboard) and four silvers at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Mitcham was hampered by injuries in 2011, a list that included a tender abdominal muscle and two stress fractures in his lower back. "It's been a packed year. I overdid it and my body broke," Mitcham told the Miami Herald at the time. When he's not training or competing, Mitcham takes classes at Sydney University and makes sponsorship appearances. After failing to make the 10m finals at a World Cup meet in London this past February, Mitcham said he's building more upper-body strength and expects to contend for Olympic gold this summer.

A former trampoliner, Mitcham began diving in 2000 after being spotted at a local pool by a coach who believed he had potential. Mitcham, who was once the junior world champion in trampoline, quickly began diving full time, and competed in his first national championship meet at age 12.

Mitcham made headlines in Australia when he revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald in 2008 that he is gay, becoming one of the first Australian athletes to do so. Mitcham's partner, Lachlan Fletcher, was able to travel to Beijing and see Mitcham compete thanks to a Johnson & Johnson's Athlete Family Support Program. Mitcham was one of 10 openly gay athletes at the 2008 Olympics.

After finishing fifth at the 2008 World Cup in Beijing, Mitcham shocked even himself by winning the 10m platform event at the USA Grand Prix in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. After scoring four 10s on his fourth of six dives, Mitcham began jumping up and down in celebration. "I can't even at the moment remember what dive it was, I am so excited," Mitcham said. Finishing second in the event was fellow Aussie Matthew Helm, whom Mitcham lists as one of his idols and a former training partner. He also beat German Sascha Klein, winner of the World Cup, setting Mitcham up as a medal threat in Beijing.

Mitcham took 2006 off to "recharge the batteries." He decided he was sick of the sport after years of the rigid training regimen at the Australian program. When he returned in 2007, Mitcham joined Mexican coach Chava Sobrino in Sydney, and he enjoyed the more laid-back approach. The results were evident in his return to form, highlighted at the Australian diving open in January 2008, when Mitcham became the first Australian to win the 1m, 3m and 10m titles.

Mitcham admits he didn't see a future in sports as a child. A self-described non-athletic kid, Mitcham also has a rebellious streak that at 14 led him to get his tongue pierced. Mitcham, who is often described as "free-spirited," still has the piercing, which he says he doesn't even notice while diving.


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Age: 28 years old
Birthday: March 2, 1988
Height: 5' 8 ½"
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Current Residence: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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