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Tom Daley Finally Reveals Why His Speedos Are So Tiny (And It Involves 'Flapping')

'The last thing you want to do is have something come out of place.'

20/05/2016 11:20 | Updated 20 May 2016

When Team GB unveiled their new Olympic strip last month, it’s fair to say that all eyes were on Tom Daley and his teeny, tiny swimming trunks.

Let’s just say there isn’t an awful lot of material involved in the 21-year-old’s semi-indecent, Stella McCartney-designed Rio kit.

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Tom in his teeny weeny trunks.

But now Tom has finally explained the very (ahem) technical reason why his trunks are so small when he was asked about them during an interview on this week’s ‘Graham Norton Show’.

“They have to be small because everything has to stay in place,” Tom explained.

“If you’re spinning around the last thing you want to do is have something come out of place!  And when you hit the water you don’t want things flapping about because it would hurt.”

Flapping about.

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Tom appears on this week's 'Graham Norton Show'.

Tom also revealed his gruelling training regime ahead of this summer’s games.

“I am back to training six hours a day, six days a week,” he says. “It is terrifying that you train for four years just for that one moment.  

“You get six dives and if you mess one up it’s all over. It’s a pretty cutthroat thing.”

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Stella McCartney with Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes at the unveiling of their new kit. (L to R) Tom Mitchell, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Stella McCartney, Tom Daley, Olivia Breen

In a separate interview with the Guardian, the athlete said he was excited about the Olympics in Brazil because he feels he’s now at the top of his game.

“In theory I’m at peak age,” he told the newspaper. “I feel like I’m diving the best I’ve ever dived, consistently, and it’s really exciting moving forward to the Olympic Games because it’s one of those events where anything can happen, it’s outdoors and there are so many factors.

“I feel like I’m in the best place I possibly can be.”

Catch the full interview with Tom on ‘The Graham Norton Show’, BBC One, Friday 20 May at 10.35pm

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