As part of its coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Yahoo! Sports recently profiled, among other elite athletes, Greg Louganis, highlighting his beginnings in diving at a young age, his struggles with contracting and coping with HIV and AIDS, and his successes stemming from becoming a mentor for diving and advocating for LGBT rights, among many other humanitarian efforts he has undertaken. Read below for an excerpt:
Greg Louganis inspired the world first as a champion diver, and then as an activist for LGBT rights and HIV awareness.
Louganis’ journey started when he learned to dive at age 9. Just six years later, the teenager earned a silver medal in his first Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976.
His quest for gold had to be put on pause due to the United States’ boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, but Louganis didn’t miss a beat when he returned to the Games in Los Angeles four years later. There, in front of his home crowd, the Southern California native swept the 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform competitions.
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