My chat with Olympic legend Greg Louganis!
American divers have failed to win any Olympic medals in the last two Summer Games and won just one in 2000.
So who better to motivate them than the man who has won more diving medals in US history: Greg Louganis.
Louganis, winner of two golds as the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, two gold at the 1988 Games in Seoul, and a silver at the 1976 Games in Montreal when he was still in high school, was brought in by US Diving in 2010 as an athlete mentor to the Olympic hopefuls.
He will be at the 2012 Games in London hoping to see some of the younger Americans make it to the winner’s podium.
‘I’m just hoping it’s not too little too late because two years is not much time to prepare because preparation for an Olympic Games, it’s really a lifetime endeavor,’ he admits. ‘You really are committed and it’s an entire process.’
While his presence is welcomed by the athletes, Louganis says he has not felt the same embrace from all of the coaches.
‘It’s been a little challenging with the coaches,’ he says. ‘The divers have been very accepting. The coaches feel threatened in some way. I don’t know why. But I’m not coaching, I’m not a coach. I’m a mentor.’
To read the complete interview with Greg, go over to Gay Star News!