Jhonmar Castillo is gay former Venezuelan Olympic diver

The former Olympic diver and masters world champion talked with Ross Forman

Jhonmar Castillo is an openly gay former Olympic diver with quite a story. Ross Forman of the Windy City Times has the details.

The story starts in his native Venezuela, where Castillo was a competitive diver at age 8 and, by age 12, he won his first National Championship. Castillo eventually won 14 international diving competitions in the 10-meter platform event, and he even represented his native country at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

When diver Greg Louganis had one of his most infamous dives of his illustrious career, hitting the back of his head on the diving board, Castillo, then 16, was right there, in his swimming trunks, on the pool deck.

Since then he's won multiple masters diving national championships and a world championship in 2006. While Castillo is now a TV producer living in Chicago, what happened between his Olympic appearance and his life in the Windy City needs to be read to be believed.

Read the full story at the Windy City Times.

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