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No One Is Immune


Washington Post (02/23/95) P. D1

When it comes to HIV and AIDS, the greatest diver in the world is just as helpless as anyone else handed a death sentence, writes Michael Wilbon in the Washington Post. We tend to see world-class athletes--with their medals, trophies, riches, and fame--as protected from the tragedies of everyday life. During the 1988 Olympics, diver Greg Louganis hit his head on the board during the 1988 Olympics, and went on--with five stitches in his head--to win the gold medal. Louganis had already won gold medals at the 1984 Olympics, but he continued diving competitively because he loved it more than anything else. Perhaps he continued because it provided refuge from an abusive stepfather, dyslexia, the ugly taunts he endured because of his Samoan heritage, subsequent depression, and three suicide attempts. Many people also need to realize that a great athlete can also be homosexual. Among the famous athletes who have said they have HIV or AIDS, Louganis is the first man who has talked openly of his homosexuality. People will undoubtedly rally around Louganis, and AIDS prevention will be in the news. Once the energy of the moment dies out, however, everything goes back to business as usual, and we end up hoping that the next famous person to have the disease will be able to rally some sustaining support in the fight against AIDS, Wilbon concludes.


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