It might be 30 years late, but the greatest diver in Olympics history is finally getting his picture on a Wheaties box.
Greg Louganis, who won two gold medals at each of the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, will grace the cereal box starting in May, General Mills announced. Also getting the honor will be two other overlooked Olympians — hurdler Edwin Moses and swimmer Janet Evans.
Louganis said he was at a point in his life where he could better appreciate the Wheaties news. "This means so much more than it would have back then," he told the New York Times. "Getting it now means people will see me as a whole person — a flawed person who is gay, H.I.V.-positive, with all the other things I've been through."
Louganis, 56, has long been suspected that his being gay was a key factor in Wheaties shunning him. A new push to get him on the cereal box came last August after a Change.org petition with 41,000 signatures was presented to General Mills. Julie Sondgerath of Chicago was motivated to start the petition after watching HBO's documentary "Back on Board: Greg Louganis." The documentary, which is a must-see for anyone interested in LGBT sports history, was nominated last week for an Emmy for outstanding long sports documentary
A General Mills spokesperson told the New York Times that the petition had nothing to do with their decision. But Will Sweeney, a writer and producer of the documentary said the petition was a clear driving force. "Is there any other way to interpret it?" he said.
Regardless of why the decision was made, it's cool that a new generation of cereal eaters will see an openly gay athlete on a Wheaties box.