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Relive Greg Louganis’ diving board accident on 30th anniversary

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Before the 1996 Olympics, an international panel of journalists selected one outstanding Olympian from each previous Summer Games.

Greg Louganis was chosen from Seoul 1988.

Wednesday marks 30 years since Louganis smacked his head on the springboard in the preliminary round of those Olympics, though he still qualified for the next day’s final and earned gold.

“After hitting my head on the springboard, I was really scared,” Louganis said in an NBC interview at prelims, after receiving four stitches and performing two more dives. “My concern was I didn’t know how bad the injury was. Fortunately, it was just a minor cut. … Those kinds of things are bad to look at [laugh].”

That wasn’t the whole story.

Louganis revealed seven years later, after retiring, that he had been HIV positive at the time of the Seoul Olympics.

His coach, Ron O’Brien, one of the few who knew, smuggled the medication into Seoul, Louganis said, because he wouldn’t have been allowed in if it was known he was HIV positive.

Louganis revisited the incident for an NBC profile ahead of the 1996 Atlanta Games.

“I heard this big, hollow thud, and then I went crashing into the water,” Louganis said. “Then I realized that was my head that just hit the board. My first feelings were embarrassment, and I was trying to figure out how to get out of the pool without anybody seeing me. And then I got scared because I knew I was HIV positive. Had I done it all over again, I would have told the doctor of my HIV status. That’s the only person that really needed to know.”

Louganis remains one of just two divers to sweep the springboard and platform at multiple Olympics, along with countrywoman Pat McCormick.

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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Greg Louganis, Janet Evans, Edwin Moses to appear on Wheaties boxes

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U.S. Olympic champions Greg LouganisJanet Evans and Edwin Moses will appear on Wheaties boxes for the first time next month.

Louganis is most noteworthy, for there was a petition to put the four-time Olympic diving champion on the iconic cereal box following his 2015 documentary, “Back on Board.”

In the film, Louganis said that he wasn’t as celebrated as other 1980s Olympic champions.

“Never got a Wheaties box,” Louganis said in the film. “Their response was that I didn’t fit their wholesome demographics or whatever. Basically, being gay, or being rumored that I was gay.”

Louganis, who swept the platform and springboard titles in 1984 and 1988, retired after the Seoul Olympics and came out publicly as gay and HIV positive in the mid-1990s.

Evans also earned four gold medals while swimming in three Olympics in 1988, 1992 and 1996.

Moses, winner of 122 straight 400m hurdles races from 1977 to 1987, won the 1976 and 1984 Olympic titles and was an Olympic teammate of Louganis and Evans in 1988.

Below are images of the boxes to come out in May along with comments from each athlete, via General Mills:

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Louganis: “It’s so iconic, everybody looks at the Wheaties box and it’s such an honor. I can’t wait to see Janet’s and Edwin’s boxes too. I’m excited for them as much as myself. What great company to be in. Edwin’s always been a hero to me. It’s such an honor to be in this group.”

Janet Evans

Evans: “I think getting the honor now actually means more. I think when you’re competing and you’re young, you kind of just take it for granted that of course if you win a gold medal you might have the incredible honor of being on a Wheaties box. To even be listed with the incredible athletes that have been on the Wheaties box, and to be a part of this great legacy … for me to be on a Wheaties box with these incredible legends that have already graced the front of your boxes. It’s truly an honor and I honestly can’t think of anything that makes me more excited. I’m really honored.”

Edwin Moses

Moses: “I was very impressed, because I know it’s a very prestigious honor to be on the box of Wheaties. Several icons in track and field, and people that I know, have been on the box – starting with Bruce Jenner in 1976 – so it’s quite an honor to be included among that subset of athletes.”

Will Ferrell, Olympic champions star in LA 2024 bid video

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Will FerrellJessica Alba and Olympic champions Greg LouganisJanet Evans and Kobe Bryant were part of a Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid video published Tuesday.

“In 2024, we’ll finally be in flying cars, and I know that for a fact,” Ferrell said in the video.

The video debuted Feb. 16, when the Los Angeles 2024 bid logo and slogan were unveiled.

On Tuesday, LA 2024 bid officials cited an independent Loyola Marymount University poll saying 88 percent of Los Angeles residents supported hosting the Games.

Los Angeles, which previously hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, is bidding against Budapest, Paris and Rome to host the 2024 Olympics.

International Olympic Committee members will vote in September 2017 to choose the host city.

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