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Greg Louganis          

Olympic Diver & Author

Greg Louganis won Olympic Gold in 1988 despite striking the back of his head on the springboard during the preliminaries. He was awarded the Maxwell House/United States Olympic Committee Spirit Award as the athlete who had best exhibited the ideals of the Olympic spirit, demonstrated extraordinary courage, and contributed significantly to the sport.

1988 was not only the year Louganis made Olympic history, but also the year he tested positive for HIV. After coming to terms with his diagnosis, Louganis recounted his story in his best-selling book Breaking the Surface, which spent five weeks at number one on the New York Times Bestseller List. His story was made into the popular Showtime movie Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story, starring Mario Lopez.

In the years since his diagnosis, Louganis has been an outspoken HIV awareness advocate, appearing twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show. His recent People magazine spread shared his story of finding love, acceptance, and a healthy lifestyle through his battle with the virus.

Louganis also exhibited his broadcasting talent when he co-hosted segments on Good Morning America during the Atlanta Olympics - a first for an openly gay athlete. His video Looking to the Light, a feature length visual diary of his life after Breaking the Surface, details how his story has influenced so many people. More recently, Louganis revealed one of his favorite pursuits in his book For the Life of Your Dog, which explores the joys and challenges of living with and caring for dogs.

Today, Greg Louganis speaks out on the obstacles he has overcome with a warmth and grace that embody the Olympic spirit. A popular speaker for universities, community associations, healthcare organizations, and corporate groups, his honest message of acceptance and understanding has inspired millions around the world.

Speech Topics


Olympic Dream & Spirit

Living with HIV

Breaking the Surface

In this presentation, Greg Louganis opens up about every obstacle he had to overcome thus far in his life: from becoming a fine tuned Olympic athlete to announcing his HIV positive status and being openly gay to recovering from and managing mental health and substance abuse issues. Louganis’s honesty and down to earth nature will inspire practitioners, consumers of services and struggling individuals and families to embrace hope and find a passion for never giving in.

Health and Wellness

Diversity, Gender & Sexuality

Creating Balance

Having struggled through his recovery from drug and alcohol use, fighting depression and the difficult transition out of highly competitive sports, Olympic Hero Greg Louganis helps audiences understand what it takes to create real life balance and make healthier choices.

LGBT Issues, Stigma and The Olympics

In this keynote Greg Louganis discusses with audiences the latest movements in the LGBT community to combat stigma. The speech includes his perspective on Marriage Equality, the new Anti Propaganda Laws in Russia as they affect the Olympics and other critical themes.

Achieving Peak Performance

Meditation in motion is one of Greg Louganis’s driving principals. But how to get there is a complicated journey, and no one should do it alone. In this keynote, Louganis emphasizes the values of teamwork, whether one is competing in an individual sport, within the workforce or in corporate settings.

News


'Who Am I Without My Sport?' Greg Louganis On Life After Olympics

The documentary Back On Board traces the highs and lows of the star diver's career, the turmoil he faced as a gay, HIV-positive athlete — and the identity crisis that he experienced after retirement.

Greg Louganis will finally appear on a Wheaties box | FOX Sports

Louganis, Edwin Moses and Janet Evans to be honored with "Legends series."

Greg Louganis Signs With Arya Artist Management (Exclusive ...

Louganis is currently in Rio serving as an Olympic commentator for Brazilian broadcaster Globo. His HBO documentary Back on Board: Greg Louganis was ...

Olympic Legend Greg Louganis Heads to the Emmys | Huffington Post

Greg Louganis, in other words, isn't exactly an unknown quantity. So your first reaction upon hearing that HBO picked up Back on Board: Greg Louganis, a new  ...

Greg Louganis to Be Honored By Point Foundation

NEW YORK, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Greg Louganis to Be Honored By Point Foundation. Olympian is the Second Honoree Announced for April 11 Point  ...

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