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Greg Louganis' Return to Diving

Greg Louganis' Return to Diving


Diving legend Greg Louganis has decided to come back to the sport that propelled him into Olympic fame, but this time as a coach.

Louganis, who is openly gay and has HIV, became the only man to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the platform and springboard diving events. Now 51, Louganis spoke to the New York Times on Sunday about being hired in November to coach the members of SoCal Divers. His coaching follows a mechanical style, ensuring that divers master a move before moving on to the next, which is in contrast with other coaches who stress acrobatics.

At first, he admitted he was hesitant to return to the sport, but said after he thought about his skill set, and where he felt comfortable, the return was the right thing to do.

"I kind of speak their language," he said of the divers he trains. "I know what it is to be afraid of a dive. I know what it's like to put a new dive in a competition. I know what it's like to feel a little insecure about a dive."

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