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Gregory LOUGANIS

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Greg Louganis is a four-time Olympic diving champion and is considered the greatest diver of all time.

Silver at 16

Greg Louganis started competitive diving as a 10 year old. He took part in his first Olympic Games, the 1976 Montreal Games, aged just 16 and claimed silver in the 10m platform. Four years later, he was firmly established as the world’s best diver, but the United States’ boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games meant that he had to wait another four years to taste Olympic gold.

Los Angeles double

At the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Louganis found himself competing in front of his home crowd in California. He won the gold medal in both the 3m springboard and 10m platform events. This made him the first Olympian in 56 years to achieve this spectacular double.

Seoul defence

Four years later in Seoul, Louganis was now a veteran of his sport and faced a number of upcoming younger rivals. Yet despite striking the board with his head in the springboard, Louganis dramatically retained both his Olympic titles. Given his dominance, it is highly probable that the 1980 boycott prevented Louganis from winning the diving double at three consecutive Games, which would have been an unprecedented feat.

The greatest ever

Of Samoan and European descent, Louganis studied classical dance for many years, and this training provided the basis for the elegance and artistry of his performances. In addition to his Olympic titles, he won six World Championships and held many records for the highest marks ever achieved in competition.

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What did Diving legend Louganis do next?

Greg Louganis, one of the all-time great Olympians, is famous for one strange, painful incident, but what happened to him next?
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Greg Louganis enters diving record books

Few athletes in the history of the Olympic Games bounced back from such a troubled childhood to reach the heights of athletic achievement quite like the American diver Greg Louganis.
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Greg Louganis

20 Sep 1988: Greg Louganis of the United States celebrates during the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Mandatory Credit: Pascal Rondeau /Allsport
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LOUGANIS USA SPRINGBOARD DIVING

20 SEP 1988: GREG LOUGANIS OF THE UNITED STATES SETS HIMSELF BEFORE ATTEMPTING A DIVE DURING THE SPRINGBOARD EVENT AT THE 1988 SEOUL OLYMPICS. LOUGANIS WON THE GOLD MEDAL WITH A TOTAL SCORE OF 730.80 POINTS.
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1988 Seoul Olympics

SEOUL - SEPTEMBER 19: Greg Louganis of the USA diving team exits out of the pool after hitting his head on the board during competition at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics on September 19. (Photo by Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Greg Louganis
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Seoul 1988 Diving men 10m platform, Diving men 3m springboard - Greg Louganis

In Seoul, Greg Louganis was a veteran of his sport and faced a number of upcoming younger rivals. Yet despite striking the board with his head in the springboard, Louganis dramatically retained both his Olympic titles. Watch all his performances from Seoul, Montreal and Los Angeles!
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 730.80
    Aquatics
    3m springboard men
    G 638.61
    Aquatics
    10m platform men
  • G 710.91
    Aquatics
    10m platform men
    G 754.41
    Aquatics
    3m springboard men
  • S 576.99
    Aquatics
    10m platform men

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