Greg Louganis began competing in diving at age 10. By 16, he had won his first Olympic medal, a silver medal on the platform in 1976. At 24, he became the first man in 56 years to win two gold medals in diving by winning both the platform and springboard events. In 1988, competing against divers half his age, Greg Louganis became the first to win double gold medals for diving in two consecutive Olympics.
His diving accomplishments do not stop there. Greg Louganis is a six time World Champion and has held 47 National Championship titles. At the Pan Am Games he earned six gold medals and in 1985 he was awarded the Sullivan Award as the nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete.
Greg Louganis is clearly the world’s greatest diver and a fine athlete. At the 1988 Olympic Games he was awarded the Maxwell House/United States Olympic Committee Spirit Award as the Olympic athlete who had best exhibited the ideals of the Olympic spirit, demonstrated extraordinary courage and contributed significantly to the sport.
Greg Louganis is more than just an Olympic Champion – he stands out as a remarkable human being who has led an exceptional life. He exhibited sheer grace and a winning style as the world’s greatest diver, but behind his professional achievements, Greg Louganis was battling a number of personal difficulties.
Greg Louganis‘ best-selling autobiography, Breaking the Surface, is a behind-the-scenes account of a man struggling with far more than just striving to be a great athlete. For years, Greg Louganis‘ cheerful public persona covered up the personal troubles he has had to overcome – his HIV diagnosis, coming out as a gay man, domestic violence, substance abuse and dyslexia. Greg Louganis has optimistically confronted all of these challenges and has honestly shared his hardships with people everywhere.
Outside of diving, Greg Louganis also exhibited his broadcasting talent when he co-hosted segments on Good Morning America during the Atlanta Olympics, a first for an openly gay athlete. His video, Looking to the Light, a feature length visual diary of his life after Breaking the Surface, details how his story has influenced so many people. Greg Louganis‘s recent book, For the Life of Your Dog, is about the challenges and joys of living with and caring for dogs, one of his favorite pursuits.
Today, Greg Louganis speaks out on the obstacles he has overcome with a warmth and grace that embody the Olympic spirit. A popular speaker for universities, community associations, health care organizations and corporate groups, Greg Louganis‘ honest message of acceptance and understanding has inspired millions around the world.