The Diver who hit the Springboard at the Olympics | Strangest Moments
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The Diver who hit the Springboard at the Olympics | Strangest Moments

August 17, 2019


Greg Louganis should be a
household name for every reason except the reason
that he IS a household name. Louganis was the best diver
in the world for more than a decade. He won four Olympic gold medals despite missing the 1980 Games
because of an American boycott. But no matter how blessed
Louganis was as an athlete, nor how long his list of
honours, he will always be remembered
for one Olympic Games moment more than any other. But you’ll forgive him
if his own memory is not so crystal clear. Seoul, 1988. This is Louganis’s
ninth dive in the preliminary round of the
men’s springboard competition. That contact was about 70mph.
Ouch. Louganis’s accident is one
of the most replayed moments of sports footage in history. Here are those two seconds
again, just for good measure. But what’s weird about this
particular strange moment is how little impact
that hit actually had on Louganis’ overall performance. Greg Louganis was a remarkable
athlete, a true great. In Montreal
in 1976, he was 16 and only just missed out
on the gold medal. The champion, Klaus Dibiasi, whispered in his ear
and told him he would be the best
in the world. Louganis and his coaches
already knew. He continued to rise
through the ranks. At the World Championships in
Ecuador in 1982, Louganis became the first diver ever to achieve a perfect ten
from all seven judges. It took him to
Los Angeles in 1984, where Louganis was
a world apart. His springboard tally of 754.41 points was
nearly 100 more than his closest challenger. It was gold medal number one, and a second one came with the highest score
in the platform. Not just the highest score
that year – the highest score ever. So onwards to
Seoul in 1988. Louganis was fighting
personal demons. Six months earlier, he had
been diagnosed HIV positive, but told no-one.
He thought he was dying. The ill-fated dive was a reverse two-and-a-half
somersault with pike. He didn’t leap far enough from
the board – a disastrous mistake. He says he doesn’t
remember much about it, merely that he was embarrassed. The disaster put him fifth in
the standings, but great champions
never know when they’re beaten. This dive, not quite
half an hour after the one he is remembered for, earned him the highest rank
of any man that week. In the final, Louganis aced
all 11 dives, including the one he had botched the day before. Louganis still won gold
in Seoul that year. Cyclists get back
in the saddle, riders get back on the horse. As a diver, Louganis got back
on the springboard. Less than 30 minutes later,
he was near perfection again. Another gold medal. Louganis dived hundreds of
times in the Olympic Games and dived almost all of them
better than anybody else in a generation. But as a wise man once said,
nobody’s perfect.

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  1. Well… im i diver and i can tell you that you learn to not be scared of the board and hitting the board is just part of diving 🤷‍♂️

  2. I mean yes he hit the board at 70mph, but it’s not like the board is super hard and stiff. It’s bendy and went down when his head hit it. It’s not like he hit his head on a slab of concrete.

  3. THE DAYS When America was GREAT 👍 when white had ALL the power instead of most of it. Before the days of Asians taking over the waters. But when my people stop 🛑 being afraid of swimming 🏊‍♀️ these old days will never be talked about again. Like when the nba was all white. Who remembers that? NO ONE!

  4. Everyone is talking about "omg, he has HIV his blood would get in the water and infect the others!" No. Number one: HIV is not spread by certain blood. If it is caused by injury, it won't matter.

    Number 2: The chlorine in the water would kill the virus.

  5. Diving is a sport of fear, and determination
    The fear you hold is what decides who you are whether you face the challenge or get rooted to the spot with fear.

  6. Soooooo This whole thing was about him hitting a little bit of his head and him being perfectly fine, and did great like normal for the next olympics? Nice

  7. I’m confused as to y this would be strange ,what’s the motive of this, y did he bang his head, y did it not affect his form, y r u spoon feeding me content with no explanational material

  8. My friend and me dive. But last year she was doing a dive and hit her face on the board and did not know it until people said something

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  10. 3:22 jessus… props to him for being a real champion but also dam dude thats dangerous while freshly concussed. I hope he came out fine.

    look at his right hand, that is not normally part of the dive is it?

  11. Springboards are more cushioned than platforms. Platforms are made of solid concrete so I’m glad he didn’t hit his head on a platform!

  12. He says he can’t remember much about the incident. No freaking DUH he hit his head for crying out loud he probably had a concussion after that!

  13. i watched that live when i was seven and the diving event, especially platform, has given me the jitters since.

  14. Kids dont wear a mullet while diving. Of course i pulled off the triple linding while wearing one. Hair spray and teasing is crucial though.

  15. Where did the announcer get her sources? Greg Louganis remembered a lot about that dive according to his autobiography.

  16. I gotta say I'm always scared for divers that they will hit their heads! Greg Louganis had to be one of the most beautiful people at the time, perfect movement adding to the impression. It's good that he was all right after this accident and that he's still alive and working today!

  17. What I remember the about this incident was the discussion after he revealed he was HIV positive about how unethical it was for him not to ask the doctor who treated him to put on gloves. I am so glad he is still alive and healthy.

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