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Gay Freshman Diver Alex Obendorf Comes Out at West Virginia University, Qualifies For NCAA Postseason

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As a senior in high school, Alex Obendorf (above) suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car wreck that left him out of diving for nine months.  

Perhaps that difficult experience explains why Obendorf is undaunted by the idea of being openly gay as a freshman athlete on a relatively conservative college campus. 

Obendorf2Obendorf, who attends West Virginia University, quietly came out publicly this weekend in the The Missourian, which treated his sexual orientation as a footnote related to his admiration for gay Olympians Matthew Mitcham and Tom Daley: 

“I like their form and everything,” Obendorf said. “I’m pretty proud of them because I know that it’s a hard thing to open up about, especially to the public as an Olympian. I am openly gay. I know where they come from.”

The Missourian reports that Obendorf became the first male WVU diver to qualify for the NCAA postseason this year, by finishing fourth in the 3-meter springboard at this weekend's Mizzou Invitational.

Obendorf was a two-time All-American at his high school in Ohio, but he missed his senior season after the car wreck in August 2013.

He was initially diagnosed with a concussion, but realized the injury was more serious when he tried to return to diving and the symptoms reappeared. 

He didn't get back on the board permanently until May, which left him nervous about how he'd perform after joining the WVU team in August. But so far, things seem to be going pretty well, and now that he's qualified for the postseason, his coach is pushing him to make the NCAA Championships. 

Although he just came out in the media this weekend, Obendorf has been open about his sexual orientation on Facebook since at least August.

And guess what? He's single. 

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[h/t Outsports]


Tom Daley Dressed Up, Stripped Down for 2015: VIDEO

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Tom Daley offered viewers of his YouTube channel a preview of his 2015 calendar today and most folks will be looking forward to whatever month he's previewing above.

The British Olympian diver also recently shared some clips of a recent trip to Los Angeles in which he's seen frolicking along Hollywood Boulevard and playing in a friend's pool with his GoPro - though there's no Dustin Lance Black to be found in either of them.

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Studly Bros Do Some Insane Slip 'N' Slide Cliff Diving: VIDEO

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Add a cliff above Lake Powell when just a regular slip 'n' slide won't do. And props to that camera guy.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Australian Olympic Diver Matthew Mitcham Covers Dolly Parton’s 'Dumb Blonde': VIDEO

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Procrastinating before his end-of-semester exams, Australian 2008 Olympic champion diver Matthew Mitcham performs Dolly Parton’s "Dumb Blonde" with his ukelele.

We’ve previously featured Mitcham performing "Single Ladies" on his YouTube channel.

Mitcham gained media coverage in 2008 because reporters thought he was the first openly gay Australian to compete at the Olympic Games, an honor which was actually taken by diver Mathew Helm who won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the men's 10m platform.

Watch Matthew’s performance of "Dumb Blonde", AFTER THE JUMP...

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Olympic Diving Champ Greg Louganis Judges Jimmy Kimmel Bellyflop Contest: VIDEO

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Jimmy Kimmel pulled confused pedestrians off the street to compete in his annual Belly Flop Competition and had one of history's greatest divers, Olympic champion Greg Louganis, on hand to do some of the judging.

See who made the biggest splash, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Dreamy Team' Dan Osborne and Tom Daley Dive Together: VIDEO

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On this week's UK diving reality show Splash, reality show star Dan Osborne mounted the high-diving platform with his mentor Tom Daley and the duo took a dive together, and the host kindly noted what was on everyone's minds:

"For everyone who's drooling at the TV right now, I'm going to give you the opportunity to pause your digital recording system, take a screen shot, and use this as your new screen saver."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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