It’s been a great year for Greg Louganis. The four-time Olympic gold medalist was finally awarded the coveted spot on a Wheaties box and now has been chosen to pose nude for ESPN The Magazine‘s Body Issue that features the who’s who of sports. The HIV-positive athlete used the opportunity to not only showcase his banging 56-year-old bod, but also to continue to raise awareness about his diagnosis and living with HIV.
“At the time I was diagnosed, we thought of HIV as a death sentence,” Louganis tells ESPN The Magazine. “Well, I’m going to pack my bags and go home and lock myself in my house and wait to die.’ ”
“The diving was much more of a positive thing to focus on. I did suffer from depression – if we had a day off I couldn’t get out of bed,” he recalls. “I would just pull the covers over my head. But as long as I had something on the calendar, I showed up … I’ve long suffered from chronic depression, so even when I was younger I didn’t think I’d see 30.”
Now, three decades later, the athlete shows us exactly what an HIV-positive person looks like in 2016. He’ll be heading down to Rio to help coach the US diving team and serve as a mentor.