Olympic Diver Tom Daley Knitting His Way Through The Olympics
Marc Gordon - August 12, 2021


By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

The 27-year-old British Olympic diver has been taking the Internet by storm and capturing the hearts of many after photos went viral of him knitting on the sidelines. Olympian Tom Daley from Great Britain is a four-time Olympic medalist, a double world champion, and recently won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics this year. If all of that wasn’t enough, he also happens to be a magnificent knitter. According to Daley, knitting became a passion of his from the start of lockdown. He’s just’ knot’s’ about it! (See what we did there?). It seems there’s so much more to Daley that we never knew that we just had to find out!


Olympic diver Thomas daily knitting at the aquatics Center during the Olympic games in August 2021

Getty Images/AFP/Oli Scarff


We think of Olympians as shape-defying, out-of-this-world humans, but they’re just like us in many ways and need activities in their lives to ground them as well. This is exactly why we are all for Daley’s knitting hobby. If you ask us, he should win a medal just for “best hobby” at the Tokyo Olympics. He even has a whole Instagram page dedicated to his knitting creations called @madewithlovebytomdaley. Can you think of anything more wholesome? When he won gold, he even knitted a cute sock for his medal to stay tucked and safe to prevent it from getting scratched. It’s kind of a genius idea actually.


You’d think that knitting is only reserved for grandmas, but Daley is proving that that is definitely a pastime. Not only do his knitting skills show his talent, but it also shows how fun and meditative this activity can be. Who knew knitting could have all these benefits. We are not sure how he managed to take the time to really hone in on his craft, but we are seriously impressed. He recently made a sweater dedicated to his time at the Olympics and explained, “When I got to Tokyo, I wanted to make something that would remind me of the Olympics to look back on in the future. I designed a pattern for the colorwork that would signify everything about these games!” We applaud Daley for all his achievements and hope he never stops knitting!