Four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis is widely considered the greatest diver in history. During his illustrious career, Louganis became the only male to sweep both the 3m and 10m diving events in consecutive Olympic Games (‘84 and ‘88), and earned a total of 5 Olympic medals, 5 World Championship titles and 47 national titles (more than anyone in U.S. history). He memorably hit his head on the springboard in Seoul, but showed courage and tenacity when he returned to the board and performed the best dive of the competition, ultimately winning Gold.
In 1984 Louganis 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. Among his many other honors, 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.
Louganis’ 1995 autobiography, Breaking the Surface, spent five weeks as a New York Times No. 1 best seller. Currently he is a mentor for the U.S. Olympic diving team, a judge for the Red Bull Cliff Diving Tour, a dog agility expert and a motivational speaker.
Louganis is the subject of a feature-length documentary film due to be released in 2014.