Another Special Guest at the Russian Open Games!

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Last night, we found out that Greg Louganis, four-time Olympic champion and one of the world’s top divers ever, will be coming to the first Russian Open Games in Moscow! He announced this personally on the Games’ official Facebook page right after receiving his Russian visa.


Additionally, he posted this news on his own page, and called on his followers to support the Games:

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Louganis, a five-time world champion and winner of four Olympic gold medals between 1976 and 1988, left sports and took up a film career in the early 1990s. Coming out in 1994 during the Gay Games in New York, the American diver remains one of the most striking representatives of the worldwide LGBT community even today.

In 1995, Louganis released his autobiography, ‘Breaking the Surface’, which was the basis for the 1997 film ‘Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story’, directed by Canadian filmmaker Steven Hilliard Stern. An out gay man, who has been public about his HIV-positive status for 18 years, Louganis now supports young athletes, is active in community action, and works in cinema and dog training. In the fall of 2013, he married his partner, Johnny Chaillot.

Louganis is attending the Russian Open Games as a guest of honour and will participate in the Opening Ceremony, as well as attending selected competitions.

* The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, 26 February, and not Tuesday.