Breaking the Surface by 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.
 

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Greg Louganis is a four-time Olympic gold-medal diving champion. His #1 "New York Times" bestselling autobiography, "Breaking the Surface, " was published in 1995. He lives in Malibu, California, where he raises and trains Harlequin Great Danes, a championship Jack Russell Terrier, and a best-in-breed Rhodesian Ridgeback.
 
Published March 1, 2006 by Sourcebooks. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Gay & Lesbian, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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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.

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