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Greg Louganis is a judge on ABC's diving competition series, "Celebrity Splash." He made history in the 1980s by becoming the only male to sweep the diving events (3M Springboard and 10M Platform) in consecutive Olympic Games. In total, Louganis earned five medals — four of them gold — in three separate Olympics (1976, 1984 and 1988).

Greg Louganis began competing in diving at age 9. By 16, he had won his first Olympic medal, a silver medal on the platform in 1976. At 24, he became the first
Greg Louganis
Greg Louganis
Greg Louganis - © Bradford Rogne
man in 56 years to win two Gold Medals in diving by winning both the platform and springboard events. In 1988, competing against divers half his age, he became the first to win double Gold Medals for diving in two consecutive Olympics.

Greg's diving accomplishments did not stop there. He is a five time World Champion and holds 47 National Championship titles. At the Pan Am Games, he earned six Gold Medals, and in 1985, he was awarded the Sullivan Award as the "Nation's most outstanding amateur athlete."

Greg was the first to score over 700 points in a diving competition under the old scoring system and is still the only one to accomplish that feat at an Olympics. However, what most people remember about Greg is that he went on to win Olympic Gold at the 1988 Games despite striking the back of his head on the springboard during the preliminaries. He attempted a reverse 2½ somersault pike in the ninth round of the prelims, and he hit his head on the board and fell into the water. Thirty-five minutes later, after receiving stitches to his scalp wound, he resumed diving. The following day, he hit all 11 dives and easily won the Olympic Gold Medal.

At the 1988 Olympic Games, he was awarded the Maxwell House/United States Olympic Committee Spirit Award as the Olympic athlete who had best exhibited the ideals of the Olympic spirit, demonstrated extraordinary courage and contributed significantly to the sport. Greg is more than just a diver; he stands out as a human being as well. Greg speaks out for many organizations including youth clubs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation groups, and organizations for the dyslexic.

Greg was born, raised and still resides in California.


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Age: 56 years old
Birthday: January 29, 1960
Height: 5' 9"
Full Name / Real Name: Gregory Efthimios Louganis
Birthplace: El Cajon, CA
Hometown: California
Current Residence: California

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