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Breaking the Surface

by Greg Louganis

Other authors: Eric Marcus

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This is a new edition of Greg Louganis's 1995 #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography and Literary Guild Selection. It is the unflinchingly honest first-person account of a man breaking free of a lifetime of silence and isolation. Born to a young Samoan father and Northern European mother, and adopted at nine months, Greg began diving at age nine, and at sixteen won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. But despite his astonishing athletic skill, Greg struggled with late-detected dyslexia, prejudice toward his dark skin coloring and anguish over his homosexuality, which he felt compelled to hide. Being in the spotlight intensified his difficulties with relationships and substance abuse. However, Louganis went on to win double gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. His triumph at the 1988 Olympics came several months after he tested positive for HIV. This is the haunting, searingly candid story of the world's greatest diver. This new edition includes a new foreword.… (more)
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Fascinating story - insight into worlds I will never know. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Greg Louganis has a gift - he can dive. His telling of Olympic competition is compelling. Rest of story isn't as much. ( )
  WinonaBaines | Mar 17, 2018 |
I found this book to be unbelievably honest and deeply affecting. Not only it is a wonderful story about diving and what it takes to be a champion. It is also window into Greg Louganis's inner feelings and the choices he has to make under painfully difficult circumstances. ( )
  sbecon | Apr 30, 2013 |
Olympic diving gold medallist Greg Louganis was molested by one of his coaches. He kept going back for the ‘affection, the holding, the cuddling – more than the sex. I was starved for affection’. ( )
  TonySandel2 | Feb 11, 2013 |
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This is a new edition of Greg Louganis's 1995 #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography and Literary Guild Selection. It is the unflinchingly honest first-person account of a man breaking free of a lifetime of silence and isolation. Born to a young Samoan father and Northern European mother, and adopted at nine months, Greg began diving at age nine, and at sixteen won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. But despite his astonishing athletic skill, Greg struggled with late-detected dyslexia, prejudice toward his dark skin coloring and anguish over his homosexuality, which he felt compelled to hide. Being in the spotlight intensified his difficulties with relationships and substance abuse. However, Louganis went on to win double gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. His triumph at the 1988 Olympics came several months after he tested positive for HIV. This is the haunting, searingly candid story of the world's greatest diver. This new edition includes a new foreword.

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