Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story

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Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story
Directed by Steven Hilliard Stern
Produced by Mark Bacino (producer)
Allen S. Epstein (executive producer)
Jim Green (executive producer)
Alan Hines (co-producer)
Andrew McLean (supervising producer)
Written by Greg Louganis (book)
Eric Marcus (book)
Alan Hines (written by)
Starring Mario Lopez
Michael Murphy
Music by Richard Bellis
Cinematography Michael Slovis
Edited by Peter Svab
Release date
March 19, 1997
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story is a 1997 television film about diver Greg Louganis based on the best-selling book Breaking the Surface co-written by Greg Louganis and Eric Marcus that stayed on top of the New York Times Best Seller list for 5 weeks.


In Seoul, 1988, Greg Louganis (played by Mario Lopez) hits the diving board while plunging towards the water cutting his head open. Splashing into the water Greg begins to have flashbacks: as a young kid being ridiculed by neighborhood bullies; his adoptive father (played by Michael Murphy) is not accepting and overbearing; winning the silver medal; the 1982 world championship; two gold medals in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles; the struggles of an abusive relationship with Tom Barrett; his father's terminal cancer; Tom's losing battle with AIDS and Greg's own HIV positive status. After doctors in Seoul stitch Greg's head wound, he returns to competition and picks up two more gold medals. After his father's death and Tom's lost AIDS' battle, Greg decides to come out and go public with every aspect of his life as a gay athlete.



Mario López was nominated for an ALMA Award for "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series in a Crossover Role".

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