Friday, October 17, 2014

He's Golden!

Aussie Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham let me try on his gold medals. Cheeky!

So let me just say that the Beijing gold (he won the 10m platform with the highest scored dive in Olympic history) weighed just a little bit more than the Commonwealth Games gold (he won in the 10m synchro this year). It also made it more difficult to conceal in my pocket!

The Beijing medal also had a ring of white jade on the backside, as that is actually more valuable than gold in China. Look at the Chinese personalizing their prizes. Matthew gave me a great interview in the upcoming DNA Magazine issue #178, and he's also the ambassador for next month's Feast Festival in Adelaide - where he will perform the cabaret based on his memoir, Twists and Turns. Gold medals, memoirs, cabarets and a hero to many - and the guy's only 26.

Matthew said he's not young, in fact 26 is ancient in pro diving circles, that there are only a few  competitors in the world who are older than him. In fact, his brittle aged bones were recovering from an elbow injury, one that recently required a platelet rich plasma (PRP) infusion, which assists with healing of sports injuries.
Me: "PRP -- isn't that used for facial rejuvenation? In dermatology clinics to activate collagen for plumper, more youthful skin?"
Him: "I don't know."
Me: "See, you're still young!"

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