BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS
Sponsored by: Salem Chamber Spring Restaurant Week & Beachglass Cottage
Directed by Cheryl Furjanic
A refreshingly candid documentary film about four-time Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis. The film follows Louganis over the past three years as he struggles with financial security and reunites with the sport he once dominated but did not feel welcome in. The threat of losing his house during the recent financial crisis forces Louganis to re-evaluate the choices, relationships, and missed opportunities of his career.
With unprecedented access, the film reveals the complicated life of an athlete whose grace, beauty, and courage sparked a worldwide fascination with diving. It chronicles Louganis’ rise from a difficult upbringing to nearly universal acclaim as the greatest diver ever, and from a pioneering openly gay athlete with HIV to an overlooked sports icon. BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS is the engrossing story of an American legend as he re-emerges on the world stage to combat prejudice, promote tolerance, and return to the diving world after a long period of absence to act as a mentor to the next generation.