Gay Olympic legend Greg Louganis calls it ‘rather disappointing’ that Russia was chosen to host Olympics

'We do need to take care of where we allow the Olympics to go'

Gay Olympic legend Greg Louganis calls it ‘rather disappointing’ that Russia was chosen to host Olympics
01 February 2014

Greg Louganis has consistently been against the idea of boycotting the 2014 Olympics in Sochi because of Russia’s anti-gay laws.

But that doesn’t mean the openly gay Olympic diving legend is thrilled the games are being held next month in a country where it is against the law to openly show support of homosexuality in any way.

‘In some ways, it’s rather disappointing that Russia was actually chosen as a host country,’ Louganis told HuffPost Live this week.

Louganis, winner of four gold medals and a silver medal at three different Olympics, called the period leading up to the Olympics ‘an exciting time.’

But he thinks the International Olympic Committee needs to be more mindful in its selection process moving forward.

‘We do need to take care of where we allow the Olympics to go,’ he said.

Louganis immediately spoke out against a boycott of the games in Sochi which some people had called for but which ultimately did not gain traction.

He knows from personal experience the pain such a move would inflict on hard-working athletes.

After he won the silver medal as a high school student at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, Louganis had to wait eight more years to return to the Olympic stage because the US boycotted the 1980 Games in Moscow.

Louganis went on to win two gold medals at the Games on Los Angeles in 1984 then another two at the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea.

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