Juniata College Beyond Tolerance: Being The Difference You Make, Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis is one of the greatest divers in history. You would be hard pressed to find a person who watched either the 1984 or 1988 Olympics who was not enthralled by the poetry that was Louganis leaping from the board. The beauty and power of his diving captivated the world.
In 2016, Louganis celebrated the 40th anniversary of his first Olympic win. He won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, in platform diving, at the tender age of 16. Eight years later he became the first male diver to earn double gold in springboard and platform in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and again in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He has earned a total of five Olympic medals, fie World Championship titles, and 47 national titles—more than any person in U.S. history. His records remain unbroken. In 1988 Louganis also tested positive for HIV. Coming out as a gay athlete in a time when it simply was not done, his 1995 autobiography, “Breaking the Surface,” spent five weeks at number one on the New York Times bestseller list and his Producers Guild of America and Emmy-nominated documentary “Back on Board: Greg Louganis” is receiving rave reviews nationwide and can now be seen on HBO. On April 4, 2016, General Mills announced that Louganis would receive a Wheaties Box for his achievements on and off the diving board, and that development was so significant it warranted a New York Times exclusive. In July 2016, he had the honor of being included in ESPN’s prestigious, annual “Body Issue.” He was an official commentator for Brazilian broadcaster GLOBO for the Rio Summer Games, supported the “Side By Side” LGBTQ Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in December, received the Changemaker Award, alongside New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, for the 25th anniversary of Alliance for Positive Change. He made history on January 2, 2017, by being the first openly gay Grand Marshal of the iconic Rose Parade.
Today, as an author, actor, activist, humanitarian, and clothing and jewelry designer, he continues his tradition of excellence in every field he touches.

Juniata College, Rosenberger Auditorium, Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts. 



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Dates & Times

April 8

7:30 p.m.