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Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix was in tears after speaking to her First Dates star father Fred Sirieix on Zoom at the poolside of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Women's 10m platform diving final, where she finished in seventh place.
The 16-year-old was reunited with her parents and other loved ones on a video call following the final at her first ever Olympic games.
Parents Fred, 49, and Alex Spendolini were unable to attend the games due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The teen told MailOnline of her emotion at speaking with her family, who have said they were "so proud of her."
"I am so happy," she said. "I was speaking to my family because there is an Athlete Moment screen and I started crying. I am very, very proud of where I came.
"It definitely gives me confidence for Paris (2024). That is very close, so my whole family can come. Hopefully, hopefully COVID has gone because I want my family to come and watch. I am very, very excited.
"My dad, my mum and my cousins and my aunties were on the Athlete Moment. They said that they were very proud and that I should be proud as well. They said they miss me and I miss them. It just went back and forth.
"The Olympic experience has been amazing. I’ve got an amazing team and have met so many new people, so many new friends. I definitely didn’t know what to expect coming into the village, but the food was great, I love it.
"The beds are made of cardboard, people have been complaining. I’ve been sleeping great. I couldn’t ask for a better first Olympics."
The teenager, who is already a European bronze medallist, and was handed the title of Young Sports Personality of the Year last year, gave an impressive showing in her Olympics debut.
Her second dive scored her 51.20 but her final dive was the main success of the games, earning her 72.00, giving her an overall 305.50.
China's Hongchan Quan, 14, took the gold medal, becoming the youngest women's Olympic diving champ in nearly 30 years with three perfect-10 dives.
Andrea added that she was "amazing", and that "China are great."
Fred has been incredibly supportive of his daughter, who he calls "mon canard" (my duck) on social media throughout the competition.
Following her top ten finish, he posted a snap online captioned: "Well done Andrea."
He announced his daughter had qualified for the games back in May.
He wrote on Instagram at the time: "Fourth best diver in the world! Best daughter and best sister ever!
"Well done. We are all so very and unconditionally proud of you #goAndrea."
Last month, ahead of the final, he shared a sweet message for her alongside a snap of his daughter at the games.
"Good luck mon [canard] we are all so proud of you. Have fun x" he wrote.
Famous friends of the TV personality also took to social media to congratulate Andrea including Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip co-stars Gordon Ramsey and Gino D'Acampo, and fellow Olympians Iwan Thomas and James Heatly.
The Olympics is one of the first times that Fred has been unable to be in the stadium to watch his daughter compete.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, a maximum of 10,000 home spectators are allowed to attend events at the Olympics, but have been given strict instructions to wear masks at all times and not cheer on the competitors.
Spectators also have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative covid-19 test to enter the venues.
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Fans from overseas have been banned from attending events entirely.
He told iNews : "This year is the first year I can’t travel and I have to say that watching her on TV during the Diving World Cup in Tokyo in May this year was the most nerve-wracking feeling I’ve ever had watching her dive.
"Normally because you’re there you feel more a part of it, but watching on TV you feel completely powerless as a parent, it’s very hard.
"When you watch football or a 100 metre race, you can be detached enough to enjoy it, but watching my daughter in a competition like the Olympics will be like an outer body experience. I won’t know whether to sit down, stand up or turn around."
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