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View Larger Image. Book is virtually flawless. Dust jacket shows just a tiny bit of shelf wear. Will be bubble-wrapped to protect its corners and shipped in a sturdy box to ensure safe delivery. Bookseller Inventory ABJ9. The world's greatest diver offers a candid account of his life and sports career, detailing his troubled youth, the highs and lows of athletic competition, the need to conceal his homosexuality, and life in a post-Olympics era.
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I always loved watching Greg dive. I saw the documentary he did for HBO, it made me want to read the book. I think it was well written.
I enjoyed his open honesty about his difficult childhood and coming out about being gay. I read a few reviews where the reviewers said Greg whined all through the book. I totally disagree! He was open, honest and opened his heart up to tell his story to his fans. I also believe he did get cheated by not being featured on a Wheaties box or have many more promotional deals.
I've always believed you are born with the feelings it isn't a choice.
Greg made me understand how hard he struggled with those feelings from such a young age. How he had girlfriends but was attracted to men. I loved how he said he can appreciate the beauty when he sees a beautiful woman. He was a handsome young man and still is.
I feel bad that he had some volatile relationships. I'm so very happy he found a good man in his husband. I wish them nothing but love and happiness. I think Greg is a excellent role model for our youth. I have several gay friends and a couple family members.
I have the up most respect for any gay person that is honest about who they are and live life to the fullest. I however do not have a ounce of respect for someone that knows they are gay and marry someone of the opposite sex.
It happened to me in , to this day he has never admitted his homosexuality to me.
He is now married to his high school sweetheart, I know this because I found his mom on social media. A coward not a brave man like Greg. I think this is the perfect book for anyone who loved watching Greg dive and for anyone struggling with their sexuality.
Bravo Greg! One person found this helpful. This is a very straight forward story of multi Olympic gold-medal winning athlete, Greg Louganis. His growing up had many obstacles such as having a stutter, dyslexia which was not diagnosed until he was in college , and constantly trying to prove he was not retarded. Being darker skinned in an all white school subjected him to bullying and teasing. His report cards weren't good, but his gift of gymnastics and dancing resulted in rewarding achievements.
Greg, being of Polynesian descent, was not adopted until he was nine months old. His father by birth was Samoan, his mother northern European; both parents unmarried teens when he was placed into an adoption program.
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His adoptive mother is great, but his father of Greek descent was stern and explosive at times. His adopted sister, Despina, and he always tried to avoid upsetting their father. Reaching maturity, he was still plagued with issues that tended to keep him from doing much socializing. He tried to keep his homosexuality private as well as having been tested HIV positive. Some of his homosexual relations were devastating, sometimes threatening his successful diving career and the benefits of his success.
This is a well written autobiography of Greg Louganis with help from co-author Eric Marcus. It is easy to read and it's honesty very moving. I liked this story and I found it hard to put down.
Highly recommend. Paperback Verified Purchase. Greg Louganis captured our hearts, minds and the spirit of the American dream in his quest for Olympic Gold.
Over his many years in competition no one knew the anguish he suffered stemming from years of self doubt and recrimination. Diving became his way of expression.
His quest for perfection, born from the burning desire to shout out to the world that he was never less than his fellows, was riddled with self loathing for the secrets he held so close. Each time he towered high above us on the boards or the platform he had the ability to block out all else but the dive he was about to attempt. He was never less than poetry in motion. He seemed perfect in every way. Understated and humble, this very handsome, extraordinarily built and sculpted figure of a young man thrilled us every moment he was in our sights and we cheered him, urged him and all but willed him to greatness.
Such was our love of him and such was our awe of his abilities. There came a day, as it comes for all athletes, when the Olympic competition we were watching would be his last. It was and as he prepared for the preliminary dive and jettisoned himself from that board, we heard the dreadful sound that would shake the Olympic world to its very foundations and would cut Greg Louganis open to his very core.
The wound to his head was not a large one in size but the scope of that injury would cause his life to begin to unravel as the eyes of the world were upon him. We breathed a sigh of relief when we were informed that he was sufficiently recovered to continue the competition. His scores plummeted as a result of that terrible encounter with the board but at least he survived it.
No one expected him to win the competition and it would be the last time we would ever watch him compete. The applause was thunderous as he mounted the steps to this last Olympic moment. Suddenly the audience fell silent.
At home, we held our collective breath as we watched him mentally prepare himself for the dive that had almost taken his life. As he took his first step you could almost feel the tension start to tear away at the crowd leaning forward in their seats to witness this moment and before we were able to blink, this bronzed Adonis broke the surface of the water with hardly a sound.
I am always amazed when public people that I've been aware of forever Louganis has loomed large in my life for as long as I can remember share their stories and their private lives are so shockingly different from what I had imagined. The life I imagined Louganis was living couldn't have been more different from his reality.
Jul 13, Tracy Walters rated it really liked it. This was a great book Greg Louganis is now one of my personal heroes What a great person he is I am profoundly touched by him and his valiant fight for what he believ This was a great book I am profoundly touched by him and his valiant fight for what he believes in.
It was a joy to get to know him through this book. Feb 04, Helen rated it it was amazing. Also I kinda can relate a lot to his struggles with his emotions and relationships and the causes of that. It just hit a chord. And his diving is like watching an angel fly -- breathtaking!! Reading about the work behind it is both incredibly helpful and also something I can understand.
I just adore his story!!! People who can't relate to him either his devotion to diving and the work he put in, or the emotional journey he has taken over the course of his life might not like the AMAZING!!!! People who can't relate to him either his devotion to diving and the work he put in, or the emotional journey he has taken over the course of his life might not like the book itself as much, though, it's really subjective.
Sep 29, Eli Rigatuso rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book is riveting, heartbreaking, inspiring! Louganis is amazing and his book is a generous personal look into his life, love, heartache and freedom!
Breaking the Surface by Greg Louganis
This is a must read for everyone! There is absolutely no way you could continue to be prejudice after reading this book! The sad things is those who should read it will probably never pick it up! Thank you GREG!!! Jan 25, scubiedog rated it it was amazing. Sep 04, Devon rated it really liked it Shelves: I used to love him so much when I was little so I have a signed copy. Don't really remember much about the autobiography except the obvious things but it definitely holds a place in my heart.
Sep 29, Tracey rated it liked it. Oh, Greg Louganis. This sort of broke my heart. What a tough life this guy had. I remember the 88 Olympics. I remember him hitting his head. I was 15, and I remember the footage, and how awful that wound looked, and how everyone was so proud of him for diving AGAIN after that. He was smart to open this autobiography with the story of that particular dive and injury, because it would clearly have been what ever reader would be focused on throughout the whole book.
He's very upfront about it - not Oh, Greg Louganis. He's very upfront about it - not just the dive, and the injury, but about being HIV positive at the time, and absolutely terrified that his blood in the pool would infect other people. And about how he didn't know how to TELL anyone, so he didn't say anything to the doctor who helped him after. And it comes across in the writing how fucked up he feels about that, how he feels guilty and awful even now, but back then - was a long time ago and the world was a different place - he just didn't know how to SAY anything.
He's not a good writer - that's not a hit at him, the dude is VERY good at other things - so this book didn't blow me away, but his story, and the time it takes place in, was interesting enough to keep me engaged till the end.
He wrote this in - isn't that crazy? Go, Greg, for doing that. And god, I remember how hot my mom thought he was. I'd sort of forgotten, but MAN, going through the pictures in this book: He had a sad, tough life, and it comes through in the book. I think he's happy now - I hope he is. I'm gonna go watch that vid online of him diving with Tom Daley right now, because it shows how well Greg aged, and how he seems pretty happy, and how in awe of him Tom Daley is even today.
Aug 23, L Corky rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I remember watching Greg dive and always thought he was so handsome. I recently saw the biography he did for HBO and it sparked my interest to read the book. I feel bad that he had such low self esteem and a not so easy life. I understand how a gay person can have such mixed emotions regarding their sexual orientation and being afraid to be open about it.
I am glad that it is more acceptable for most people now than when he was younger. I think it is even normal that he had girlfriends when he w I remember watching Greg dive and always thought he was so handsome. I think it is even normal that he had girlfriends when he was younger and was trying to deny that he was gay. While I do believe everyone's sexual life is their own business, I do admire and have much respect for gay people that are open and honest with who they are.
They are living and enjoying their life, as they should. As everyone should enjoy life. I have a few gay family members and many gay friends. What I do not have an ounce of respect for is a gay person that would harm another person to hide their sexuality. I unknowingly married a gay man, who I believe in hindsight he knew at a very young age he was gay, just as Greg did. He definitely knew in HS.
But you do not marry someone, thinking you can make it work while you are in a relationship with another man the entire time. Probably the same man since high school. Then tell the woman you love them like a sister after one month of marriage, never tell the truth, never apologize for all the people that were hurt and money that was wasted.
To this day the only reason I know is because 20 plus years later I found his mother on social media. So to Greg thank you for being the worlds greatest diver. Thank you for being so open and honest with your fans. I am so happy for you that you finally found the right man for you, I wish you both years of happiness!
You are both beautiful inside and out. May 06, Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing. His growing up had many obstacles such as having a stutter, dyslexia which was not diagnosed until he was in college , and constantly trying to prove he was not retarded.
Being darker skinned in an all white school subjected him to bullying and teasing. His report cards weren't good, but his gift of gymnastics and dancing resulted in rewarding achievements.
Greg, being of Polynesian descent, was not adopted until he was nine months old. His father by birth was Samoan, his mother northern European; both parents unmarried teens when he was placed into an adoption program. His adoptive mother is great, but his father of Greek descent was stern and explosive at times. His adopted sister, Despina, and he always tried to avoid upsetting their father. Reaching maturity, he was still plagued with issues that tended to keep him from doing much socializing.
He tried to keep his homosexuality private as well as having been tested HIV positive. Some of his homosexual relations were devastating, sometimes threatening his successful diving career and the benefits of his success. This is a well written autobiography of Greg Louganis with help from co-author Eric Marcus. It is easy to read and it's honesty very moving. I liked this story and I found it hard to put down. Highly recommend. I owned this book for the longest time, but for some reason or another put off reading it.
Not sure why I've always admired Greg Louganis I'm not a huge Olympic follower, and I'm not into swimming as a sport.
Perhaps my admiration for him began after he hit his head on the springboard during the Olympics in Korea, and much later hearing the news of his HIV status, which I could've sworn he came forth with immediately after his diving accident, but he came out in I think in this book I owned this book for the longest time, but for some reason or another put off reading it.
I think in this book Greg Louganis comes off as whiney and self-pitying. At first I was surprised by it.
To me he never seemed like the type in real life, or perhaps he is and hides it, which is why he suffers so much from depression. I thought it would have an affect on how I felt about Louganis, but after finishing his bio I've decided I still think he's a great person who's been through a lot. I feel sad for him that he hasn't been able to find a meaningful relationship, which seems like something he's in search of. I hope he continues to do well in life and in health. Feb 03, Rom Gayoso rated it really liked it.
It is often the case we look at athletes and have a vague idea of the issues, sacrifices and challenges they have to endure in order to reach stardom level. Of course we only have some idea, but no first hand knowledge. I felt Greg's book breached the gap because he opened his heart and shared his life's challenges in ways I have seen few people do. I felt he did an excellent job dealing with so many complex issues while offering insights into his state of mind as he navigated through different It is often the case we look at athletes and have a vague idea of the issues, sacrifices and challenges they have to endure in order to reach stardom level.
I felt he did an excellent job dealing with so many complex issues while offering insights into his state of mind as he navigated through different situations. He made his life an open book for us to read, which means we need to extract the key learning and thus help others who might be facing similar issues.
Hopefully our society will do a better job at including all people, so no one is treated as an outsider or otherwise has to suffer in silence.
Feb 28, L. Pardee rated it really liked it. Two thoughts on this book. I just want to give him a big hug. That's probably a good perspective to have, and probably why the coach recommended the book.
It wasn't the best written biography, surprising since he had a co-author he found through the publisher. Perhaps they wanted it to sound l Two thoughts on this book.
Perhaps they wanted it to sound like his own voice.
But I couldn't put it down so the writing was obviously not a hindrance. I definitely recommend it with the caution that is it rather rated R. He deals with a lot of depression, suicide, sexuality, rape Not for the kiddos. May 22, Dri rated it liked it Shelves: I imagine writing this book must have been a cathartic experience for Greg Louganis. His story of depression, insecurity, equating performance with acceptance, and a deep hunger for unconditional love is the universal story of the human condition; gay or straight.
But, struggling with one's sexua I imagine writing this book must have been a cathartic experience for Greg Louganis.
But, struggling with one's sexuality on top of all of that, while the rest of the world viewed him as the virile, hetero, good-looking male athlete must have been a pressure like no other. Overall, a candid and good memoir.
An astounding dive into a good mans soul This book was well written but the primary reason for anyone to read it is because Greg Louganis allowed every reader entry into the essence of the man he is and more importantly the vulnerable person he has been. Most of us are still keeping the reality of who we are hidden but Greg shows us that is not the thing that we are meant to do. He continues to evolve into a better man and in the process into a much better soul.
I love him for that special gift h An astounding dive into a good mans soul This book was well written but the primary reason for anyone to read it is because Greg Louganis allowed every reader entry into the essence of the man he is and more importantly the vulnerable person he has been.
I love him for that special gift he has given to all of us. Jun 05, Christina rated it really liked it. This book birthed my love of autobiographical literature.
I read this book as a middle school child for an English project. What I remember is being overwhelmed with sadness for what Greg went through as a child. I remember feeling the fear of him living with the secret of his HIV status. Then as any great book does it turns the corner and you celebrate his victories. To this day he is still one of my favorite Olympians. Jul 26, Beverly rated it really liked it.
Greg Louganis began diving at age nine, and at sixteen won a silver medal at the 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.
However, Louganis went on to win double gold medals at the and Olympics. His triumph at the Olympics came several months after he tested positive for HIV. Inspiring book. Aug 12, Ricky rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the novel that helped me stop demonizing my own sexuality.
It took this man's life and tribulations to help me see that he is in fact, human, as am I. This is a powerful book and delivered with a heavy hand. He proved to me that you can be a man and gay at the same time, something that was not quite meshing with public thinking at that time.
Jul 29, Del Zimmerman rated it really liked it. I re-read Louganis' biography after having done so right after its itinitial publication. I was so young when it was first published, I didn't fully understand the trials and tribulations of this star athlete. I discounted his lack of self-esteem and his fear of living with HIV.
Reading this book now at age 37 has had a much more profound effect on me. Greg is truly one of my heroes and I am glad he is still with us today.
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