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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 ...

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Overview

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.

In this unflinchingly honest autobiography, four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, the greatest diver the sport has ever known, offers a tough story that will break hearts and inspire readers with its powerful story of courage and perseverance. 32 pages of photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Four-time Olympic diving champion Louganis's memoir, acknowledging that he had tested HIV-positive several months prior to the 1988 Olympics, was a PW bestseller for nine weeks. (Mar.)
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The championship diver reveals his problem-ridden childhood, his struggle to conceal his homosexuality, & the bitter disappointment over losing endorsements after 4 stunning Olympic wins. A powerful story of courage & perseverance. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402206665
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 594,223
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Louganis is a four-time Olympic gold-medal diving champion. He lives in Malibu, California, where he raises and trains Harlequin Great Danes.

Eric Marcus is the author of several books, including Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945 to 1990; Is it a Choice? and Why Suicide? He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

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    Beautiful and Honest Story

    I remember when both Greg Louganis and this book came out in the 90's. Most of America was shocked because they had no clue that he was gay or that he had HIV. Remember, those were the days when having HIV was an immediate death sentence. Here was America's best diver going through all of this heartache and yet, while it was happening, it wasn't in People magazine or on Entertainment Tonight! Eventually, despite his own fear of public reaction, he declared his sexuality and HIV status while maintaining his poise (he didn't break down during the Barbara Walters interview) and was accepted by his fans because of his bravery. It's definitely a page turner and I still have my autographed copy!<BR/><BR/>Greg continues to inspire me to this day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2005

    No More Secrets

    Breaking the Surface is an autobiography of Greg Louganis¿s life. Louganis talks about the problems he encountered throughout his life and how he had to overcome them. He also talked about his accomplishments. His friends and family were there along the way, to protecting him from the world and the ones who tried to manipulate him. In this book Greg Louganis displays acts of courage and a true sense of self. Louganis did a nice job writing his autobiography because he discussed his ups and downs. He didn¿t try to make himself look better than what he was. He just told the truth even if it was dissatisfying. Breaking the Surface has its flaws, like reading points of his life that maybe you didn¿t want to know about. Many people can relate to this book and Louganis was a one of a kind athlete that should be honored and held high. After reading Breaking the Surface you will appreciate your life and have more respect for other people and what they go through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2005

    To the winner

    This book was about an Olympic diver that overcame many life difficulties such as is sexuality, depression,ect.. As an athleate Greg Louganis was the best diver ever in U.S. history. I thought this book was very interesting because i got to see how homosexual people view life. This book is easy to read and i think many people could relate to this book such as athletes or just people.

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