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Greg Louganis reveals why he spurned Mike Pence

After telling Vice President Mike Pence he wouldn’t pose for a photo, Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis did take one with another Indiana politician and potential presidential candidate


Greg Louganis has a million and one stories, but have you heard the one about the time he declined to pose for a photograph with Vice President Mike Pence? The Olympic diving icon recently had a good reason to regale his Instagram and Twitter followers with the tale.

LGBTQ Nation first reported Louganis’s story, in which he recalls how he shared his struggles with the veep: “...having been bullied, suicide attempts, my challenges as a young gay man.” And Louganis noted, despite the emotional impact of his words, Pence’s attention apparently wandered, as if what he had said had gone in one ear, and out the other.

His mind may not have been “there” but Pence’s craving for positive publicity apparently hadn’t vanished. Louganis tweeted that the vice president asked for a picture and he refused. What Pence said next was perhaps worse than the request itself, given his anti-LGBTQ record: that he “would pray” for Louganis.

And here’s the Instagram post with the photo of an Indiana politician he did agree to take: Louganis is on the right and in the center is South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a prospective Democrat for president. On the left is musician Evan Henzi, who Louganis calls “an early supporter of ‘Mayor Pete.’”

In other Louganis news, the four-time Olympic gold medalist will again become the top official for this year’s Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, reported ABS-CBN news. Season 11 will kick off on April 12 in the Small and Big Lagoons of Miniloc Island in El Nido, Palawan.

Louganis will serve as sports director for the cliff diving competition. “I am honored to be back this year on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. I look forward to another exciting year,” he said.