We’ve seen them tango on Dancing With the Stars, twirl on Skating With the Stars and spin on Skating with Celebrities.
Next up, fans will be able to catch celebrities diving from heights as high as 10 meters on ABC’s upcoming reality series, called Celebrity Splash!
Not only will there be celebrities on the diving boards, but the panel of judges will contain a bit of it’s own diving royalty. On Nov. 3, four-time Olympian Greg Louganis confirmed via Twitter that he would be a judge on the show.
Louganis qualified to represent the United States at four Olympic Games, though he only competed in three due to the boycott of 1980. During his Olympic career, Louganis won five medals. Four of those were gold — in 1984 he won gold in both the 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform events, and in 1988 he successfully defended his titles in both events. Louganis’ only silver medal came in 1976, when, at the age of 16, he took second in the 10-meter platform event.
Louganis is widely recognized for his Olympic accomplishments, but the now 52-year-old diver is also remembered for another reason. At the 1988 Games, Louganis hit his head on the springboard during the preliminary rounds. In 1994, Louganis revealed that he is gay, and in 1995 he went on to reveal that he was HIV positive and knew so before the 1988 Olympic Games began. The revelation came in his book, titled “Breaking the Surface.”
In recent years, Louganis has been in the news for his support of USA Diving and the Olympic Games. In addition, he’s often lobbied to be a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.
Instead, it appears that Louganis will be a more permanent member of his own show.
In addition to confirming the news on Twitter, Louganis also posted to his Facebook page, saying: “It is a good time for diving at the moment much, I am sure, was in part due to the success of our divers in London! … Hope to get the support of the divers and coaches I have been able to work with to make this a success for yourselves and USA Diving, and ABC!”
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Sandra Johnson is a longtime fan of Olympic sports. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46