Tom Daley: I'd love to take on celebrity Bake Off challenge


Diving champion Tom Daley says he dreams of taking part in the celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off.

The 22-year-old, who will compete for Great Britain in this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, revealed that despite his regimented diet he enjoys cooking and would like to try the baking programme.

He told Radio Times: "I have a real sweet tooth and I treat myself to a frozen yoghurt or bit of cheesecake a couple of times a week. I'm a very keen baker.

"I've got the art of cheesecake down to a T. Celebrity Bake Off? Yep, that's the dream."

Tom Daley

No stranger to the television cameras, Tom has been marking his imminent third Olympics with a series of biographical documentaries chronicling the changes in his life since he won bronze in the 10m platform dive at London 2012.

In the films, he discusses his decision to come out in 2013 and whether he feels pressure to succeed.

"For me public pressure becomes irrelevant," he said. "I've dealt with it from such a young age. I handle it pretty well."

Tom, who is engaged to Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, continued: "Having a supportive fiance means I'm the happiest I've ever been, in and out of the pool, which means you perform better.

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black on the red carpet

"You get one shot at the Games every four years. Six dives. Mess one up and it's over.

"I will be completely chuffed with any colour medal. But you can't go into the competition thinking you'll be happy with silver or bronze. My mentality is to think 'They have to beat me', not 'I have to beat them'. I'm going to this Olympics to win."

Tom said Olympic glory was a dream he shared with his father Rob, who died of a brain tumour in 2011.

He said: "It was heartbreaking not having him see me win bronze in London. You see me stood up there on my own, but there's a whole team - coaches, physios, psychologists, nutritionists, strength and conditioning team, sports massage, my dad, my mum, all my family, friends, Lance... That's why I say 'We won'. Because I'm doing it for everyone."

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