Olympic diver Greg Louganis spoke at the Family Guidance Center’s annual fundraiser at the Crown Plaza Reading on Wednesday May 25. He took a few moments to tell the audience about his life and struggles as a gay man in the sports industry, where certain stereotypes for males have been in place over the years especially among athletes. In addition to that, Louganis discussed a dark period of his life where he was overcome with depression and made sure to promote the idea of mental health awareness. Experiencing it for himself made him realize how serious of an issue it is and believes that we can help our friends and families going through similar chapters of life if we just pay attention to what’s happening around us.
The El Cajon, California native began dancing before the age of three and was even put into dance, acrobatics and gymnastics classes from the time that he was just 18 months old. Over the years of his childhood he did a lot of performances and competed regularly in various activities, which led to him taking on diving during his teenage years. Diving came naturally to Louganis and he entered the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal where he won the only silver medal of his career, which was followed by four gold medals and 13 other gold medals over the next 12 years. Louganis is also an openly homosexual man and a advocate for LGBT-rights, which he brings up as part of his story in his best-selling autobiography titled “Breaking the Surface”.
Louganis spoke at the Family Guidance Center’s annual fundraiser earlier this month to share his story of life challenges and bring awareness to the issue of mental health.
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