About Greg

About Greg

Four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis is widely considered the greatest diver in history.  The only male to sweep both the 3m and 10m diving events in consecutive Olympic Games (’84 and ’88), Greg earned a total of 5 Olympic medals, 5 World Championship titles and 47 national titles (more than anyone in U.S. history).

A pioneer as one of the first openly gay athletes, Greg demonstrated incredible courage and strength by competing while HIV positive in the 1988 Olympics. Often remembered for the shocking moment when he struck his head on the springboard, Greg revealed his remarkable courage and tenacity when he returned to the board shortly after and performed the best dive of the competition.  The next day, he won the gold and secured his legacy.

In 1984, Greg received the AAU’s James E. Sullivan Award for outstanding achievements.  The following year, he was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.  In 1987, he won the Jesse Owens Award.  In 1993, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  And in 1994, he was presented with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Robert J. Kane Award.  His 1995 autobiography, Breaking the Surface spent five weeks as the New York Times #1 best seller.

Currently, Greg is a mentor for the US Olympic diving team, a judge for the Red Bull Cliff Diving Tour, a dog agility expert, and a motivational speaker.  He is the subject of a feature-length documentary film, Back on Board (2014), and stars in both ABC’s prime-time competition show, Splash and Channel 7′s Celebrity Splash.