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Greg Louganis is considered to be one of the world’s best divers. He’s a five-time World Champion and five-time Fina World Cup Champion. He is the winner of 47 national championship titles and was the first man to win two gold medals in diving at two Olympic Games in a row. He started competing in diving at age 9, and by the time he was 16, in he'd won his first Olympic medal, a silver medal in 1976. He then prepared for the 1980 Olympic team but was unable to compete due to a boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games. Greg had a record-setting performance in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, garnering two golds and becoming the first diver in Olympic history to break the 700-point barrier on Men’s Platform. Never one to give up, even in the face of adversity, Greg pulled off one of the most publicized moments in sports history. After hitting his head on the board in the prelims, he came back to win the 3-meter finals as if the accident never happened. Competing with divers half his age on platform, he pulled out an incredible final dive to win two golds in 1988, becoming the first man in the history of the sport to win two back-to-back gold medals in two consecutive Olympic Games. Greg was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1988 and revealed his HIV status in his 1995 autobiography, Breaking the Surface, which spent five weeks at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Greg’s second book, For the Life of Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Having a Dog From Adoption and Birth Through Sickness and Health, was published in 1999. Greg was born and raised in California and still resides there.

Entries by Greg Louganis

Don't Let Others' Expectations Limit You!

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 11:03 PM

On Sunday last week, after a wonderful screening of Back on Board: Greg Louganis, I had an opportunity to indulge my other passion, acting! We had a wonderful backers' reading of Spring at the Willowbrook Inn. It was great to play with the amazingly talented actors Sean McDermott,...

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Living With HIV: New Horizons

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 12:59 AM

In 1988, six months prior to the Olympic Games, at a time when I thought my HIV diagnosis was a death sentence, my thoughts were to lock myself away in my house and wait to die. The choice to train for the Olympics was a decision I didn't come to...

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Back on Board

(5) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:13 PM

We've all heard people say that we should take time to stop and smell the roses. It's so simple, right? After all, who wouldn't want to be reminded to find pleasure in the little things? But all too often it's not simple. We are faced with the stressors of life...

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Is Our Understanding of Sexual Orientation Changing?

(10) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 9:51 PM

In 1999 I had the privilege of performing in Larry Kramer's Just Say No, a comedic farce, with Alexandra Billings. But before we'd even met, we were asked to show up to a photo shoot with photographer Greg Gorman for The Advocate. "No big deal," I thought. But then I...

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Thank You God for Bringing This Amazing Spirit Into My Life

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:58 PM

Nipper.

An amazing little girl! Thank you God for bringing this amazing spirit into my life.

She wasn't supposed to "stay" with me, as I had my Great Danes, and I was not a "terrier person," but I was eager to do the training. I was getting her ready...

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One Door Closes and Another One Opens

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 9:31 PM

I have found myself thinking to myself, "Am I where I am supposed to be?" Once I get out of my head and let a little time pass, I realize, "Yes! I am exactly where I am supposed to be."

Earlier this year I went to Washington, D.C., to meet...

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Coming Out as a Public Figure

(6) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 7:23 PM

There are LGBT people everywhere. If society weren't so judgmental, you'd see many more of us. Granted, we wouldn't be a majority, but we'd be -- what do they say? -- about 10 percent of the population.

I am so happy to see this day when more and more celebrities,...

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The Russian Open Games: Thwarted at Every Turn by the Powers That Be, but a Success Nonetheless!

(3) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:42 PM

In the vein of the late Dr. Tom Waddell, who founded the Gay Olympics (now the Gay Games) in San Francisco in 1984, Konstantin Yablotskiy and Elvina Yuvakaeva, co-presidents of the Russian LGBT Sports Federation, organized the recent Russian Open Games "with the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles,...

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The Life of My Malibu House

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:15 PM

I wasn't too different from many Americans in the U.S. back in 2006. I was looking to do a modest remodel, to lower my carbon footprint -- heck, I built a lot of equity into my home, purchased in 1985 with the money I saved since I had my first...

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(Second) Thoughts on Fred Phelps

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:26 PM

Often it is my second thought that is best, and that was true when it came to Fred Phelps.

When I saw on Facebook that Fred had died, my first thought was, "And who is going to picket his funeral?" Then my second thought was, "Wow, through his despicable acts...

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Letter From a Mom

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:56 PM

The initial letter:

Greg:

We are the same age. I was a diver, although not even on the same planet as you. But my father was a baseball fan. He used to talk to me about players in the past -- Musial, Williams, DiMaggio, but he'd always finish with Babe Ruth...

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Reflecting on the Russian Open Games and the Anti-LGBTI Climate Here

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Editor's note: Greg Louganis wrote this blog post during the LGBT-affirming Russian Open Games, which took place in Moscow from Feb. 26 to March 2.

Wow! Table tennis went without a hitch! But it was publicized that I would be participating in that event.

A group of us went...

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My Trip to Moscow: It Wasn't Sochi

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 7:34 PM

After the Olympics in Sochi -- and yes, I was rather disappointed that I was not a part of the official U.S. delegation -- there was the LGBT-affirming Russian Open Games in the five days between the end of the Olympics and the beginning of the Paralympics, which finished up...

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A Letter to My 16-Year-Old Self

(12) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Editor's note: Greg Louganis wrote this post on Feb. 26, when he was in Moscow for the LGBT-affirming Russian Open Games.

A little update from Moscow: We had a bomb threat, so we held our press conference in the parking lot. With that bomb threat we were unable...

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Why Go to Moscow as a Gay Man Living With HIV/AIDS?

(7) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 10:28 PM

This post on AMERICAblog is what I saw as I weighed the possibility of going to Moscow for the LGBT-affirming Russian Open Games. So why go in the first place? It was for that 17-year-old boy who was tortured, beaten and raped with beer bottles and...

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Post-Olympics, Russian LGBT Youth Will Not Have It Easy

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Principle 6 of the IOC Charter:

"6: To act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement;"

In light of what terrors are happening to the LGBT community in Russia, because of the "anti gay propaganda laws" which were signed into legislation June of 2013, and starting to be...

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The Toughest Sissy in the World: The Moment I Triumphed Over My Bullies

(352) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 10:27 AM

I almost want to thank all the bullies in my life: the ones who called me "n*gger," "retard," "sissy boy," and "f*ggot"; those who threatened to throw punches at me and took my lunch money at the bus stop; those who actually threw punches at me and rubbed my face...

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