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    Eric Marcus(Author)

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The champion diver presents a candid account of his life and sports career, detailing his troubled youth, the highs and lows of athletic competition, the need to conceal his homosexuality, life in a post-Olympics era, and his day-to-day battle with AIDS. Reprint.

Greg Louganis won back-to-back double gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, and his amazing physique and handsome face should have made him a media superstar. Yet Louganis's struggles with self-doubt lack of confidence held him back personally and professionally. He only achieved real happiness after coming out as an HIV-positive gay man. This is a thoughtful, sensitive portrait of a man whose insecurities nearly destroyed him, but who found the love and inner strength to save himself. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Four-time Olympic diving champion Louganis's memoir, acknowledging that he had tested HIV-positive several months prior to the 1988 Olympics, was a PW bestseller for nine weeks. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Eric Marcus(Author)
  • Plume; Reprint edition (March 1, 1996)
  • English
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  • Sports & Outdoors

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  • By ceeglass on December 16, 2013

    I hated this book. It's too bad he went through so much in his life, but man, that guy can whine! This was almost enough to get me to quit my book club!

  • By Omer Peretz on January 30, 2016

    A great book. The story is gripping and very moving, Louganis is very frank about his biography and his emotional world. This man achieved unsurpassed athletic greatness; against the backdrop of truly harrowing social, emotional, physical and familial circumstances. Generally written in a very straightforward, plain language; this book is both an absorbing page-turner; and an inspiring document on humanity.

  • By Brian E. Biga on August 27, 2017

    this should be required reading in high schools as far as i'm concerned! his story is remarkable. every human on this earth could relate to greg in some way. if they ever struggled with anything, greg has something that you can relate to. we are lucky to have greg for his talent and for his courage to write this book. i just can't believe it took me so long to read this but i'm so glad i did! WE LOVE YOU GREG!

  • By A customer on February 17, 1999

    Greg has written a book that is touching the hearts of so many people. As a young college student, I myself have had to overcome my sexuality and my HIV status. I finally met Greg on February 15th at the University of Miami, and it reinforced the idea of what a wonderful person he is. Greg's book is definitely one in a million. It's a must read for gays and straights, and people who are HIV positive and negative. His strength is capable of helping all of us live a more productive life... and to be happy with ourselves.

  • By A customer on July 18, 1999

    I remember watching Greg Louganis in 1988 and his last dive that gave him his fourth Olympic gold medal. I was only 7 years old and had no idea about what a struggle he had. When I found out that he was HIV-positive and gay, I was shocked. I don't know why. I read the book during my junior year in high school and enjoyed it. The information on diving was informative and I enjoyed that part. The part that surprised me the most was the way he talked openly and frankly about his lovers and his feelings for them. It was the first time I had ever read anything like that and it shocked me but then I got used to it. Sure, I've seen "Philadelphia" and the dancing scene but I always figured that they're actors and it was part of their jobs to do stuff like that. Call me naive; I was. But this, the things in the book, happened to a real person, one who is a vivid part of my childhood memories. In many parts, I was crying, trying to picture what Greg's life must have been like all those years and how it hurt him-all the teasing, taunts, rumors and other things he must have endured. I think he has a lot of courage to come out and write this book; to me it shows a person who is confident of where he is now in life and wants others to accept him for who he is.

  • By Afrikwame on August 18, 2005

    It took a lot of guts for Greg Louganis to reveal his gayness to his family and to the public. I remember when it happened, how surprised I was. A little angry too- I didn't approve of such a lifestyle at the time. Reading these memoirs made me appreciate the struggle he and other gays go through. As an African-IN-America, I have my own struggle, so I could certainly relate. The book is inspiring because with all the hardships, Greg Louganis has found happiness. All struggles should yield such results! Power to you Greg!

  • By DobermanMomma on September 7, 2015

    I always loved watching Greg dive. I saw the documentary he did for HBO, it made me want to read the book. I think it was well written. I enjoyed his open honesty about his difficult childhood and coming out about being gay. I read a few reviews where the reviewers said Greg whined all through the book. I totally disagree! He was open, honest and opened his heart up to tell his story to his fans. I also believe he did get cheated by not being featured on a Wheaties box or have many more promotional deals. I've always believed you are born with the feelings it isn't a choice. Greg made me understand how hard he struggled with those feelings from such a young age. How he had girlfriends but was attracted to men. I loved how he said he can appreciate the beauty when he sees a beautiful woman. He was a handsome young man and still is. I feel bad that he had some volatile relationships. I'm so very happy he found a good man in his husband. I wish them nothing but love and happiness. I think Greg is a excellent role model for our youth. I have several gay friends and a couple family members. I have the up most respect for any gay person that is honest about who they are and live life to the fullest. I however do not have a ounce of respect for someone that knows they are gay and marry someone of the opposite sex. It happened to me in 1988, to this day he has never admitted his homosexuality to me. Nor has he apologized for all the people he hurt and $ my parents wasted on a big wedding. He is now married to his high school sweetheart, I know this because I found his mom on social media. A coward not a brave man like Greg.I think this is the perfect book for anyone who loved watching Greg dive and for anyone struggling with their sexuality. Bravo Greg!


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