imageMatthew Mitcham, the only openly gay male athlete at the Olympics, took gold on Friday in the 10m platform competition.

Matthew Mitcham did two surprising things in Beijing. He scooped a gold medal from the apparently invincible Chinese diving team and told anyone who asked that he is gay. Two years ago the 20-year-old was not even diving. He had retired, burnt out by years of dedication to a gruelling sport, but came back for shot at gold.

“Everything, absolutely everything I have done, has been for this,” he said. “Now it’s happened and I never thought it would.”

The Olympics blog on Outsports includes idepth coverage and analysis, including announcing the historic occasion, discussing how NBC ignored Mitcham’s sexual orientation in its coverage, how his partner stood by Mitcham’s side and an excellent video montage of his final dives and going into the stands to chase down his partner.

There’s also this photo slide show from Yahoo! Sports.