"Back in 1988 when I was diagnosed with HIV, we thought of HIV as a death sentence."
That's what Greg Louganis told CNN host Piers Morgan yesterday in what may be the five-time Olympic medalist's most personal interview to date. During that chat, the openly gay diving champ (and HuffPost Gay Voices blogger) spoke at length about being the pressures of being an HIV-positive person in the public eye.
"Well it’s a double-edged sword, you know, because now young kids are seeing [people like me and Magic Johnson], and they’re saying well 'they’re alive, thriving' and all that," Louganis, currently attending his first Olympic games since 1996 as a diving consultant, told Morgan. "But I wouldn’t wish my drug regimen on anyone. I mean the things that I’ve been through, you know, are pretty devastating."
On a more optimistic note, the now 52-year-old Louganis also noted, "Honestly, I didn't think that I'd see 30."
He minced even fewer words when it came to the ongoing media firestorm surrounding Chick-fil-A after the fast food chain's president confirmed the company's anti-gay stance. "I'm not real political, but I know what's right," he said, before adding with a laugh, "Who eats that stuff? I mean, you know, I kind of like my arteries...I like the blood flowing.”
Take a look at the openly gay Olympians competing in London below: