British diver Tom Daley has been making a splash since 9 years of age, and was first introduced to China at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he represented the United Kingdom as its youngest competitor. Now 18, fully legal and fully lethal, the boy wonder still boasts a solid following in China.
Despite a poor showing yesterday by his diving partner Pete Waterfield that saw the pair losing the lead and end up without a medal in fourth place, pictures of the teen sensation went viral on the Chinese interwebs.
Watch what happens as Daley loses his speedo for a few precious seconds, thanks to an (un)fortunate placement of an electronic scoreboard.
Here’s Tom Daley showering with his partner Pete Waterfield:
The attention Daley received online was not lost on the all-authoritative CCTV, and even they lapped it all up. Here’s their report of the accidental censorship: