Matthew Mitcham Talks To The Advocate


Forget Michael Phelps' bong bruhaha and Ian Thorpe's latest is-he-or-isn't he controversy. There's really only one Speedo-clad Olympian worth his weight in gold, and that's Australian Matthew Mitcham - this month's Advocate cover boy.

As the world's only out gold medalist, Mitcham found himself in the middle of controversy when NBC failed to mention his sexuality or show his partner's presence in the stands at the Beijing games following Mitcham's storybook comeback to claim Diving Gold.

MATT_DIVE02XLRG In a revealing interview with The Advocate, Mitcham shares his thoughts on the controversy, his feelings about being a "gay role model' and why, or why not, the endorsements haven't come pouring in for the man recently voted "Sportsman of the Year" by Australian GQ.

It's Mitcham's endearing and humble spirit, though, that makes his story so compelling.

(Photos: Adam Pretty)