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Greg Louganis Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is Greg Louganis worth? $800,000

How did Greg Louganis earn his money and wealth?

Gregory Efthimios is popularly known as “Greg Louganis” and was born in EI Cajon, California (the United States) on January 29, 1960. His biological parents placed him for adoption when he was eight months old and he was raised by his adoptive parents in California. He started taking part in dance and acrobatics when he was 18 months old, his adoptive father was of Greek descent who helped him in joining dance and acrobatics classes. Louganis started practicing daily and was competing and giving public performances for the next few years. He regularly competed and performed at various places including nursing homes and local naval bases. Being an Olympic champion for two-time, Louganis caught the eye of Sammy Lee who began coaching him when he was just sixteen years old (1976). Two years later, Louganis placed second in the tower event behind Italian Sports legend Klaus Dibiasi at Summer Olympic in Montreal. Louganis won two gold medals at Summer Olympics in Moscow (1980) and won two titles at the world championships in 1982. He was one of the 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medals and became the first diver in a major international meeting to get a perfect score of 10 from all seven judges.

In the year 1988, at Seoul Olympics (Officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad), he won two more world championship titles and his head got stuck to the springboard during the preliminary rounds which lead to the Concussion (Mild traumatic brain injury). He then earned the highest single score of the qualifying round despite his injury. In the 10m finals, he won a gold medal by a margin of 25 points. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Louganis had played the role of Darius in an off-Broadway production of the play Jeffrey. In 1995, he started for six weeks in the off-Broadway production of Dan Butler’s one-man-show and he acted in several movies giving a strong motivation to the gay community. “The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me ” was the blockbuster movie taking him over from Butler.

He has played 14 different characters and in the year 2008, he also appeared in the film Watercolors, in the role of Coach Brown, a swimming instructor when he was in high school. Louganis appeared in the penultimate episode of the second season of IFC’s comedy Portlandia in the year 2012. Louganis began to compete actively in Dog Agility competitions after retiring from diving. Greg said that being around the dogs gave him “a sense of security, company and unconditional love”. Louganis was rumored to be in a romantic relationship with his manager, R. James Babbitt (Jim) who later described their equation as abusive, stating that Jim had raped him at knifepoint.

In the year 1988, Louganis was diagnosed with HIV six months before Olympics and he also accused Babbitt of taking 80% of Greg’s earnings. In 1989, Louganis obtained a restraining order against Babbitt as she died because of AIDS and he had contracted the disease from Babbitt. In the year 1996, Louganis recounted his story in a best-selling autobiography and Breaking the Surface which was co-written with Eric Marcus where he detailed a relationship of domestic abuse and rape as well a teenage depression. In the year 1999, Greg wrote the book “For the Life of Young Dog”, A Complete Guide to Having a Dog From Adoption and Birth Through Sickness and Health, and how he got addicted to smoking and drinking at a young age.

Louganis received James E. Sullivan Award from Amateur Athletic Union(AAU) in 1984, and he was included in the California Sports Hall of Fame (June 2013). Louganis was presented by the Bonham center Award from The Mark S. Bonham Center for Sexual Diversity Studies and Special Olympics torchbearer in Los Angeles.

What are highest grossing movies of Greg Louganis?

  1. Breaking the Surface (TV Movie 1997): $1,997 million.
  2. D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994):$300 million
  3. It’s My Party(1996): $250 million.

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