WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Team GB divers Tom Daley and Matty Lee won their first gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.
- After their win, Daley surprised “work husband” Lee with a gold Olympic ring.
- The joint winners of the men’s 10-meter synchronized diving event now share matching rings.
A day after winning his first-ever Olympic gold medal on Monday, Team GB diver Tom Daley uploaded a YouTube video showing how he surprised his diving partner Matty Lee with an Olympic gold ring.
Daley, who rose to fame after qualifying for the 2008 Olympic games in Brazil, is also a YouTuber with more than 900,000 subscribers.
“It’s been such a crazy rollercoaster ride,” Daley said while introducing the clip that was posted on Tuesday. “I mean, I’ve been diving for 20 years, four Olympic games, and many events and many attempts at trying to win an Olympic gold medal and this guy rocks up on his first Olympic games, first time ever competing at the Olympics and wins gold. Genuinely can’t believe it and it’s been so incredible.”
Later in the video Daley, 27, revealed he’d planned a surprise for his 10-meter synchronized diving partner Lee upon their return to the Olympic village on Monday.
“I had a little plan I’d brought out with me for a little present for Matty,” Daley said, before showing a clip of him bringing Lee a gift-wrapped ring box on the evening after their win.
According to The Times of London, Lee, who is 23, became Daley’s synchronized diving partner in 2018.
In the video clip, Lee appears to carefully unwrap the gift while remarking that he “might know” what Daley has gifted him. A camera close-up finally reveals the gift to be a gold ring featuring the symbolic Olympic five rings.
Daley, who started competing at the Olympics at the age of 14, also said he’d planned to gift the ring to Lee before they even arrived in Tokyo and had bought himself a matching piece of jewelry.
Daley, who married Dustin Lance Black in 2017, is then seen comparing his wedding band to his Olympic gold ring and affectionately calling Lee his “work husband.”
In a post-competition interview with BBC on Monday, the Olympic gold medalist spoke about how his partnership with Lee was instrumental in bringing home a gold medal.
“Lots of people would have counted me out but I’m in the best shape and with the support with Matty, we’ve had that unstoppable mentality this year and that’s the first time I’ve ever been able to think like that,” Daley said.
Representatives for Daley did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.