Breaking through the ceiling in Beijing

Congratulations to Matthew Mitcham who prevented the Chinese from going 8 for 8 in the diving medals.  As UK prodigy Thomas Daley noted, it’s good for the sport in terms of breaking down the mental barriers in the competition.  The Chinese are spectacularly good, and it’s good for the sport that others are competetive too.

I have to agree, however, with a variety of commentators that NBC’s coverage was lacking.  So often the cameras would pan to the audience and show medalists’ families and loved ones, but not Mitcham.  Omitting his family and his partner (he’s the only openly gay man competing in Beijing) was conspicuous and a poor choice.  NBC knows better than that.

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