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Greg Louganis wins springboard event
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Ruebsamen, James
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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By the age of 16, diver Greg Louganis had won his first Olympic medal. Eight years later, at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, he won gold in both the platform and springboard events, becoming the first man in 56 years to do so. He repeated the feat at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. In 1994, Louganis publicly acknowledged his homosexuality, adding his name to the short list of prominent gay athletes.; The Olympic Swim Stadium, later McDonald's Swim Stadium then the Uytengsu Aquatics Center, on the University of Southern California campus, was built for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games and opened in July 1983. Synchronized swimming first became an official Olympic sport with both solo and duet competitions at the 1984 Summer Games.
First photograph caption dated July 17, 1983 reads, "Greg Louganis won the 3 1/2 meter springboard diving, but his spectacular performance was overshadowed by the death of Soviet Sergei Shilbashvili [sic]." Here Louganis is seen competing at the McDonald's International Invitational at the Olympic Swim Stadium, a day after Georgian diver Sergei Chalibashvili died at the age of 21 following an accident during competition at the 1983 Summer Universiade (World University Games) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.; Second photograph caption dated May 17, 1987 reads, "Until recently, it had been 10 years since Greg was blanked at a major competition."; Third photograph caption dated reads, "Scenes like this were great for Greg Louganis in his Olympic diving past, but now the four-time gold medalist wants to put his clothes on and do some serious acting."
1 photographic print :b&w ;36 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box Louganis, Greg
Louganis, Greg,--1960-
Olympic Swim Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
University of Southern California
Divers--United States
Olympic athletes--United States
Diving--California--Los Angeles
Diving--Competitions--California--Los Angeles
Springboard diving--California--Los Angeles
Aquatic sports facilities--California--Los Angeles
Swimming pools--California--Los Angeles
Universities and colleges--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Stadiums--California--Los Angeles
University Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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