Breaking the Surface

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Breaking the Surface
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Author Greg Louganis
co-writer: Eric Marcus
Country United States
Language English
Genre Autobiography
Publisher Plume
Publication date
1 March 1996
Media type Hardcover, paperback
Pages 320
ISBN 0-452-27590-3
OCLC 33817635

Breaking the Surface is a best-selling book by Greg Louganis, co-written with Eric Marcus published in 1996. The book spent five weeks at number one on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Louganis chronicles his winning of back-to-back double gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics and 1988 Summer Olympics, and his self-doubt and lack of confidence that held him back personally and professionally because of concealing his sexual orientation as a gay athlete. This is about him coming out as an HIV-positive gay man.

As a follow-up to the success of the book, Canadian television and film director Steven Hilliard Stern directed Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story in 1997, starring Mario Lopez as Louganis, with Louganis also appearing in certain scenes of the made-for-TV movie and as narrator. Louganis also produced a video diary called "Looking To the Light," which picked up where "Breaking the Surface" left off.

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