Tom Daley may seem like a singular sensation: A gay Olympic athlete who’s also sexy AF. But before Tom, Greg Louganis made an entire generation drool in his tiny Speedo.
This week, the two medal-winning divers hung out during the Rio Olympics and captured the historic moment in an Instagram selfie – Greg Louganis passing on the proverbial Olympic torch to a new generation.
Greg Louganis won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform, making him the only male diver in Olympic history to ever sweep the diving category. And he did so even after his head struck the springboard at the preliminary rounds for the 1988 games. Now that’s what we call, taking it like a champ.
Louganis was diagnosed with HIV six months before the 1988 Olympic Games, but he didn’t publicly talk about being gay and HIV-positive until 1995. After Louganis came out, Speedo was the only company that remained one of his sponsors. Often referred to as the greatest diver ever, if Louganis had been a straight athlete he would have made millions during his time in the spotlight.
The Olympic champion has since become a fearless LGBT advocate, working with the HRC to defend civil liberties of LGBTs and people living with HIV. This year, at 56-years-old, Louganis posed naked for the ESPN Body Issue, proving to the world that he’s still got it.
If you want to learn more about Greg Louganis’s personal life and Olympic legacy, you can read his autobiography, Breaking the Surface, or watch the recent HBO Sports doc, Back on Board. In the meantime, here are some photos of Greg Louganis in a Speedo (or less).