Diving Icon Greg Louganis on Rio Zika Threat: "I Support Anybody Who Decides Not to Go"

The former athlete, who will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro to work as a commentator for the Olympic Games, is also celebrating his Wheaties box: "It's a huge honor."
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Diving icon Greg Louganis is heading to Rio de Janeiro for August's Olympic Games as a commentator for Brazilian TV network Globo, and while he's "taking all the precautions necessary" to avoid the Zika virus, he isn't judging: "I support anybody who decides not to go. Everybody has to listen to their own heart and conscience and do what's right for them." (The CDC website lists sleeping inside a bed net, staying in places with air-conditioning and screens, and using protection during sex as preventive measures.)

Louganis, 56, also is celebrating his Wheaties box: "It's a huge honor and one that people tell me I should've gotten years ago, but if I had gotten it then, they would've been celebrating the athlete," he tells THR. "Now I'm being embraced as a whole person: I'm gay, HIV-positive, married to my soul mate and I'm on the box."


Greg Louganis poses with his Wheaties box at event for The Starving Artists Project sponsored by Skins in Los Angeles on July 13, 2016. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Bang / The Starving Artists Project)

A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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