Greg Louganis was born to high-school students and was raised by his adoptive parents. Before becoming a renowned diver, he had studied drama and excelled in dance and gymnastics. The four-time Olympic gold medalist is HIV-positive and an LGBT icon. His memoir, Breaking the Surface, was made into a TV movie.
Robert Emmet Odlum was an American lifeguard and swimming instructor. Odlum is credited with founding a swimming school called Natatorium in Washington, D.C. where he taught the children of many influential personalities. Robert Emmet Odlum is best remembered for jumping to his death from the Brooklyn Bridge; the jump was a planned gimmick to gain popularity.
Born into a family of swimmers and divers, Troy Dumais was part of the Texas Longhorns and won the NCAA championship 7 times. The Olympic bronze medal winner now stays in Dallas and is training to be a chiropractic doctor. He also has 5 world championship medals in his kitty.
Katherine Rawls was an American competitive diver and swimmer. Rawls achieved recognition during the 1930s when she was a national champion in several events. As a diver, she competed in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, winning a silver medal in 1932 Olympics and a silver and bronze medal in 1936 Olympics
At 14, Aileen Riggin won a gold medal at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, where she was also the smallest competitor, weighing roughly 29 kg. Making her way through a male-dominated sports structure, she also became the first swimmer to win medals in both the swimming and diving events at the same Olympics.