Greg Louganis in his diving prime can be seen this summer on boxes of Wheaties breakfast cereal.
And he doesn’t mind one bit that the year is 2016 and not 1988 or 1984.
‘It means more now than it probably would’ve then, because they would’ve been celebrating the athlete (back then),’ Louganis says in a new episode of Where Are They Now?
‘I’m a gay man living with HIV. I feel like I’m being embraced as a whole person, and not just a part of me.’
The Weaties box went to Louganis’ fellow Olympians Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner) and Mary Lou Retton even though he was widely considered the greatest diver of all time.
He won two gold medals in 1988, two in 1984 and a silver medal in 1976 while still in high school.
Although he did not come out publicly as a gay man until 1994, Louganis was rumored to be gay and that seemed to hurt his commercial endorsement opportunities.
He shared with the world that he is HIV-positive in 1995 in his autobiography and has gone on to be an outspoken activist for HIV awareness and LGBTI equality.
Now 56, Louganis works with US diving as a mentor and was recently the focus of the Emmy-nominated documentary Greg Louganis: Back On Board.
He shared his philosophy on life: ‘Never give up. Never give up on yourself, never give up on your dreams. You never know what’s going to happen.’
Louganis also reflects on all that has happened since his last Olympics as a competitor.
‘So much as changed in the world. We’ve come so far as far as marriage equality and so many things that I’ve really kind of fought hard for, so it really does mean a lot,’ he says. ‘I got married, which was tremendous because I never thought I’d see the day that I would be able to get married.’