With an unprecedented five Olympic diving medals over twelve years, five World Championships and forty-seven national titles, including being the first man ever to win gold on both the 3M springboard and 10M platform diving events in consecutive Olympic Games, Greg Louganis is still remembered as the greatest diver in history.
But possibly most remembered is his stunning gold medal victory after receiving a bloody concussion on his first dive at the 1988 Summer Games; and his controversial decision not to disclose his HIV diagnosis from six months earlier. Ultimately the harsh criticism, backlash, and media attention he received did much to help inform and enlighten the public to the facts about HIV infection. His 1996 autobiography “Breaking the Surface” in which he disclosed his struggle overcoming depression, being a survivor of domestic violence and rape and coming out as a gay HIV positive athlete spent five weeks at the top of the NY Times Best Seller List.
With all of Louganis’ success and records which still stand to this day, it wasn’t until 2016 that Wheaties finally put him on its box. Yet it still took a petition of 41,000 signatures before they would.
“Never underestimate your ability to make someone’s life better, even if you never know it.”
- Greg Louganis