NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Former Olympic diver Greg Louganis speaks on stage during the Team USA Road to London 100 Days Out Celebration in Times Square on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USOC)
The list of collegiate Olympic athletes is a very, VERY long one. Unfortunately, Miami's history in the games is a short one, with only about 6 athletes appearing in the games up until this year. In light of Lauryn Williams, Zach Railey, and Brittany Viola competing in this year's Olympics, The 7th Floor is taking a look at the man who is easily the school's most decorated Olympian.
In 1978, a man by the name of Greg Louganis accepted a scholarship to dive at the University of Miami. He had already competed in the Olympics in 1976, where he placed second in the tower. He would only stay at Miami for 2 years before transferring to Cal-Irvine in 1981. He would have competed in the Olympic games in 1980 as a Miami student-athlete, but the United States boycotted those games due to a foreign war.
Four years later, Louganis not only won 2 gold medals in springboard and tower, he set world records. He would go on to double his medal total in the 1988 games in Seoul, although those games were tainted for him for a much different reason than just winning two more medals. While performing a particular dive in the preliminary rounds, Louganis struck his head on the springboard, sustaining a concussion. He continued on, winning both of his golds while suffering the after effects of the accident. While I won't post a video of his concussion (that's what Google and YouTube are for), I will post this video of his dives post-head meets board, and good lord was he great.
An unforgettable comeback - Greg Louganis - Seoul 1988 Olympic Games (via olympic)
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