Four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis will be featured on a box of Wheaties starting in May and going through the summer months, according to the New York Times.
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Louganis’s life and career, including coming out in 1994 and revealing his HIV positive status, was chronicled in the HBO documentary “Greg Louganis: Back on Board.” Despite all of his many accomplishments, the 56-year-old diver was never put on a box of Wheaties.
The New York Times reports that following the release of the documentary, a Change.org petition was started to get General Mills to put Louganis on the box. More than 43,000 signatures later, the cereal company gave Louganis the honor.
Louganis, who married Johnny Chaillot in 2013, told the New York Times he believes he wasn’t asked to star on the boxes in the past due to homophobia.
“The times have changed so drastically and so fast,” Louganis told the New York Times. “When I came out to my mom, she feared I’d always be a second-class citizen and never have a chance to be married. But Johnny and I are married, and we’re making a life together.”
Louganis’s Wheaties cover will be one in a series featuring fellow Olympians, swimmer Janet Evans and hurdler Edwin Moses. Louganis says he is still grateful to be featured even though he’s included in a series.
“Edwin and I were in the 1976 Olympics together,” Louganis continued. “He was my hero. God, he was my inspiration to get trust funds put in place for the athletes coming behind me. I watched Janet grow up at Mission Viejo.”