Daley soaks up atmosphere in Olympic village

19 July 2012 / 07:37

Diving medal hopeful Tom Daley has given his approval to the athletes' village at London 2012.

Daley and the Team GB diving squad stayed at Olympic Park on Monday night after completing a practice session at the aquatic centre.

They have since returned to their pre-camp base in Southend where they are putting the finishing touches to preparations for the Games.

"The athletes' village is awesome, it really is. I didn't want to come back to Southend because we were immersed in the atmosphere!" Daley said. "It was very different to 2008 because Beijing was a lot bigger, but London's a lot more compact, which makes it easier to get around.

"We've been running around like headless chickens trying to see and do everything. It's an awesome place. We were the first British team to enter the Olympic village so it was really exciting.

"We wanted to stay there and get into the competition spirit, but we've been brought away from it so that we don't get pumped up too early. You don't want to be in the competition atmosphere for too long because it can be quite draining, so we were taken away so that we come back fresh on the 25th.

"The rooms are very nice. Really clean and modern. I've decorated mine with good luck cards and balloons."

Daley is competing in two events, starting with the men's 10m synchronised platform alongside partner Peter Waterfield on July 30. Nearly two weeks later, on the penultimate day of the Games, he will aim for gold in the individual 10m platform - a standard he reached in the European championships in May.

"For me it's about doing the best six dives that I possibly can," the 18-year-old said. "My dream is to win an Olympic gold medal, or any Olympic medal, but dreams and reality are two different things.

"Diving is such an on-the-day sport that no one knows what will happen because there are so many divers who can win. For me it's about focusing on the process of each individual dive rather than the outcome."