“Before the competition in the men’s springboard and platform diving began, one columnist wrote, ‘There are two categories of divers. There are those who perform with magnificent skill, grace, beauty, and courage. Then there is Greg Louganis.”

Bud Greenspan, 16 Days of Glory

About Greg

You would be hard pressed to find a person who watched either the 1984 or 1988 Olympics who was not enthralled by the poetry that was Greg Louganis coming off the board. The beauty and power of his diving captured the world.

Greg won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, in platform diving, at the tender age of 16. Eight years later he became the first male diver to get double gold in springboard and platform in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and again in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He has earned a total of 5 Olympic medals, 5 World Championship titles and 47 national titles — more than any person in U.S. history.

In 1988 Greg Louganis also tested positive for HIV. ComIng out as a gay athlete in a time when it simply was not done, his autobiography, Breaking the Surface, spent five weeks at Number One on the New York Times bestseller list.

The story of Greg’s life with HIV, and his refusal to be stopped by it, is a story that has inspired millions. Today, as an author, actor, activist and humanitarian, clothing and jewelry designer, he continues his traditional of excellence in every field he touches.

Relive the Magic

Relive the beauty and power of 1984 and 1988 Gold.

The Challenges

On Entertainment Tonight in 2014, Greg discusses the struggle of being the first prominent athlete to come out as gay, his diagnosis with HIV, and the resulting career challenges.

Activism

Marking World AIDS Day on December 1, 2014, Greg tapes a Public Service Announcement about his aims in relation to AIDS.