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Encyclopedia > Greg Louganis
Greg Louganis
Born January 29, 1960 (1960-01-29) (age 48)
El Cajon, California, U.S.
Occupation Diver
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States
Men's Diving
Olympic Games
Silver 1976 Montreal 10m Platform
Gold 1984 Los Angeles 3m Springboard
Gold 1984 Los Angeles 10m Platform
Gold 1988 Seoul 3m Springboard
Gold 1988 Seoul 10m Platform
World Championships
Gold 1978 Berlin 10m Platform
Gold 1982 Guayaquil 3m Springboard
Gold 1982 Guayaquil 10m Platform
Gold 1986 Madrid 3m Springboard
Gold 1986 Madrid 10m Platform

Gregory ("Greg") Louganis (born January 29, 1960 in El Cajon, California) is a Greek American diver, who is best known for winning back-to-back Olympic titles in both the 3m and 10m diving events. He received the James E. Sullivan Award from the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in 1984 as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... El Cajon (IPA pronunciation in English: ; Spanish: ) is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... For other uses, see Dive. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For other uses, see Dive. ... Diving was first introduced in the official programme of the Summer Olympic Games at the 1904 Games of St. ... The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were celebrated in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec. ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Johnson winning the 100 m final The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games celebrated in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... Johnson winning the 100 m final The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games celebrated in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... FINA World Championships or World Aquatics Championships are held every two years. ... The 1978 World Aquatics Championships took place in Berlin, West Germany between August 20 and August 28, 1978. ... The 1982 World Aquatics Championships took place in Guayaquil, Equador between July 29 and August 8, 1982 with 848 participating athletes. ... The 1982 World Aquatics Championships took place in Guayaquil, Equador between July 29 and August 8, 1982 with 848 participating athletes. ... The 1986 World Aquatics Championships took place in Madrid, Spain between August 13 and August 23, 1986 with 1119 participating athletes. ... The 1986 World Aquatics Championships took place in Madrid, Spain between August 13 and August 23, 1986 with 1119 participating athletes. ... is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... El Cajon (IPA pronunciation in English: ; Spanish: ) is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. ... A Greek-American is a citizen of the United States who has significant Greek heritage. ... For other uses, see Dive. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... The AAU James E. Sullivan Award is awarded annually by the Amateur Athletic Union to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. ... - The Amateur Athletic Union, widely known as the AAU, was formed in United States. ...

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Diving career

At age 16, he took part in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, where he placed second in the tower event, behind Italian Klaus Dibiasi. Two years later, with Dibiasi retired, Louganis went on to win his first world title in the same event. The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were celebrated in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... Klaus Dibiasi (born October 6, 1947 in Solbad Hall) is a former diver from Italy, who competed in four consecutive Summer Olympics for his native country, starting in 1964. ...


In 1978, he accepted a diving scholarship to the University of Miami where he studied theater, but in 1981 transferred to the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. This article is about the university in Coral Gables, Florida. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The University of California, Irvine is a public coeducational research university situated in Irvine, California. ... A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ...


Louganis is widely regarded as the greatest competitive diver of all time – his diving demonstrated an elegance, grace, fluidity, flamboyance, and consistency that has never been matched. The rise of the Chinese to dominance in the sport is in part attributable to Greg, as the Chinese coaches filmed and studied his performances assiduously, and built their national approach to diving on the mechanics they were able to discern in his technique, and upon their communications with leading coaches such as Hobie Billingsley. Hobie Billingsley is an American diving champion and honoree of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. ...


Olympic Games

Louganis was a favorite for two golds in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. But an American boycott of the games, instituted by U.S. President Jimmy Carter, in protest of the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, prevented him from participating. Badge, released in the USSR The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, were held in Moscow in the Soviet Union. ... Look up Boycott in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... Soviet redirects here. ...


Louganis won two world titles in 1982, and in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, with record scores and leads over his opponents, Louganis won gold medals in both the springboard and tower diving events. Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ...


After winning two more world championship titles in 1986, he repeated his 1984 feat in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, although not without difficulties. In what is considered one of the greatest feats in sporting history, Louganis suffered an injury, hitting his head on the diving board during the preliminary rounds while performing a reverse 2 1/2 pike; he completed the preliminaries, despite a concussion, then went on to repeat the dive during the finals, with nearly perfect scores, earning him the gold medal. His comeback earned him the title of ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year for 1988. Johnson winning the 100 m final The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games celebrated in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ...


Post-diving and writing career

Louganis posed nude for Playgirl magazine in 1987. Playgirl is a monthly lifestyle magazine published in the United States that features seminude or fully nude men. ...


In 1994, Louganis announced he was gay[citation needed]; he took part in the 1994 Gay Games as diving announcer, and performed an exhibition of several dives to a standing-room only crowd of nearly 3,000 spectators. Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... The Federation of Gay Games logo The Gay Games is the worlds largest sporting and cultural event organized by LGBT athletes, artists, musicians, and others. ...


In 1995, Louganis's autobiography co-written with Eric Marcus, entitled Breaking the Surface, was published. Louganis revealed publicly the domestic abuse and rape he suffered from a live-in lover and that he was HIV-positive. The announcement caused some controversy because of the belief, as expressed by then-United States Olympic Committee executive director Dr. Harvey Schiller,[1] that he should have disclosed his HIV status during the 1988 Olympic games because his diving board injury resulted in light bleeding. Louganis had agonized over whether to disclose his status but was later advised by AIDS expert Dr. Anthony Fauci that the injury posed no danger of infection to fellow competitors.[2] Abuse is a general term for the misuse of a person or thing, causing harm to the person or thing, to the abuser, or to someone else. ... This article is about a living arrangement. ... HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a retrovirus that infects cells of the human immune system. ... The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is a non-profit organization that serves as the National Olympic Committee (NOC) for the United States and coordinates the relationship between the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency and various international sports federations. ... Harvey Schiller, former President of TBS Sports. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Following the announcement of his HIV status, Louganis was dropped by most of his corporate sponsors, with the exception of the aquatics gear manufacturer Speedo, which continued to sponsor him as of 2007. The Speedo boomerang logo Speedo is a swimsuit manufacturer that began on Bondi Beach near Sydney, Australia. ...


A 1997 made-for-television movie, Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story, based on the book, starring Mario López as Louganis. Mario Lopez, Jr. ...


In 1999, Louganis's second book, For the Life of Your Dog (co-authored by Betsy Sikora Siino) was published.


Since retiring from competitive diving, Louganis has done some acting, most notably appearing in an off-Broadway production of the Paul Rudnick play Jeffrey. As a hobby, he competes at the top level of dog agility with his Jack Russell Terriers.[3] He is also the former boyfriend of former E! television personality Steve Kmetko. Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Paul Rudnick is a screenwriter and playwright. ... Jeffrey (1995) is an American gay comedy movie directed by Christopher Ashley. ... Agility field left side: A competition agility field showing (clockwise from lower left) a tunnel, the dogwalk, the judge standing in front of a winged jump, two additional winged jumps, dog executing the teeter-totter with his handler guiding, and the tire jump. ... The Jack Russell Terrier is a type or landrace of small, principally white-bodied, smooth or rough-coated terrier that has its origins in fox hunting. ... E!: Entertainment Television is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. ... Insert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text hereSteven Kmetko (born February 16, 1953, in Rhinelander, Wisconsin) is an entertainment television host. ...


Louganis was briefly mentioned in the 2005 hit film The Longest Yard. The character Caretaker mentioned Greg whilst explaining Crewe's, another character, chances of winning a game of 1-on-1 Basketball with D. The Longest Yard is a 1974 movie about inmates at a prison who play American football against their guards. ... This article is about the sport. ...


References

  1. ^ Sandomir, Richard. "Agonizing Over Disclosure of AIDS", New York Times, 1995-02-06. Retrieved on 2007-10-28. 
  2. ^ Louganis, Greg; Eric Marcus (1995). Breaking the Surface. New York: Random House, 7. ISBN 0679437037. 
  3. ^ "On Course With Greg Louganis" (November 2007). Clean Run 13 (11): 16-17. Retrieved on 2008-01-22. 

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