Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Greg Louganis

Gregory (“Greg”) Efthimios Louganis was born on 29 January, 1960 in El Cajon, California, USA. Greg is an American diver, who is best known for winning back-to-back Olympic titles in both the 3m and 10m diving events. Greg received the James E. Sullivan Award from the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in 1984 as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Greg is of Samoan/Swedish descent and was raised in California by his adoptive parents, a Greek-American couple.

At age 16, he took part in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, where he placed second in the tower event, behind Italian Klaus Dibiasi. Two years later, with Dibiasi retired, Greg went on to win his first world title in the same event.

In 1978, he accepted a diving scholarship to the University of Miami where he studied theater, but in 1981 transferred to the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

The rise of the Chinese to dominance in the sport is in part attributable to Greg, as the Chinese coaches filmed and studied his performances assiduously, and built their national approach to diving on the mechanics they were able to discern in his technique, and upon their communications with leading coaches such as Hobie Billingsley.

Greg was a favorite for two golds in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, but an American boycott of the games prevented him from participating.

Greg won 2 world titles in 1982, and in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, with record scores and leads over his opponents. Greg won gold medals in both the springboard and tower diving events.

After winning 2 more world championship titles in 1986, he repeated his 1984 feat in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, although not without difficulties. In what is considered one of the greatest feats in sporting history, Greg suffered an injury, hitting his head on the diving board during the preliminary rounds while performing a reverse 2 1/2 pike; he completed the preliminaries, despite a concussion, then went on to repeat the dive during the finals, with nearly perfect scores, earning him the gold medal. Greg’s comeback earned him the title of ABC’s Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year for 1988.

Greg posed nude for Playgirl magazine in 1987.

In 1994, Greg announced he was gay; he took part in the 1994 Gay Games as diving announcer, and performed an exhibition of several dives to a standing-room only crowd of nearly 3,000 spectators.

In 1995, Greg’s autobiography co-written with Eric Marcus, entitled Breaking the Surface, was published. Greg revealed publicly the domestic abuse and rape he suffered from a live-in lover and that he was HIV-positive. The announcement caused some controversy because of the belief, as expressed by then-United States Olympic Committee executive director Dr. Harvey Schiller, that he should have disclosed his HIV status during the 1988 Olympic games because his diving board injury resulted in light bleeding. Greg had agonized over whether to disclose his status but was later advised by AIDS expert Dr. Anthony Fauci that the injury posed no danger of infection to fellow competitors.

Following the announcement of his HIV status, Greg was dropped by most of his corporate sponsors, with the exception of the aquatics gear manufacturer Speedo, which continued to sponsor him as of 2007.

A 1997 made-for-television movie, Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story, based on the book, starred Mario López as Greg.

In 1999, Greg’s second book, For the Life of Your Dog (co-authored by Betsy Sikora Siino) was published.

Since retiring from competitive diving, Greg has done some acting, most notably appearing in an off-Broadway production of the Paul Rudnick play Jeffrey. As a hobby, he competes at the top level of dog agility with his Jack Russell Terriers. Greg is also the former boyfriend of former E! television personality Steve Kmetko.

Greg was briefly mentioned in the 2005 hit film The Longest Yard. The character Caretaker mentioned Greg whilst explaining Crewe’s, another character, chances of winning a game of 1-on-1 Basketball with D.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Mike Frankovich

Mitchell John “Mike” Frankovich was born on 29 September 1909 and died on 1 January 1992 in California, USA of pneumonia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mike was a film producer and husband of the late actress Binnie Barnes (who converted from Judaism to Roman Catholicism for him, as he was a Roman Catholic), who was 6 years his senior; they adopted 3 children, including producer Peter Frankovich and production manager, Mike Frankovich Jr..

Mike played football for UCLA and was inducted into UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. Mike served as president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and helped to bring the Los Angeles Raiders football team and 1984 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Betty Schwartz

Betty Robinson Schwartz was born on 23 August, 1911 in Riverdale, Illinois, a small town south of Chicago. Betty died on 17 May 1999. Betty Robinson Schwartz who in 1928, as a 16-year-old high school junior became the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field. Betty suffered from cancer and Alzheimer’s disease in recent years.

Betty’s life story included prodiongious athletic glory, a life-threatening accident and an amazing Olympic comeback and sounded like the product of an overimaginative screenwriter.

Betty’s career began when a high school teacher and assistant track coach in Harvey, Illinois, saw her running for a commuter train (the legend is that she caught it). Betty later ran 50 yards for him in a school corridor, and a track career began.

These were the nascent days of organized women’s track and field at the national level. As she told The Los Angeles Times in 1984: ”I had no idea that women even ran then. I grew up a hick. That is when I found out that they actually had track meets for women.”

3 weeks after being discovered, Betty made her racing debut in a regional meet and finished 2nd to Helen Filkey, the United States record-holder at 100 meters. In her next meet, the Chicago-area Olympic trials, she equaled the world record of 12.0 seconds (the current world record is 10.49, set by Florence Griffith Joyner in 1988). In her third meet, the United States final trials in Newark, she finished 2nd and made the Olympic team.

In 1928, the year Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, female track and field athletes were allowed to compete in the Olympics for the first time. The 1928 Amsterdam Games would mark the fourth meet of Betty’s career, just 4 months after she took up the sport at age 16.

A week after qualifying for the Olympics, she and her teammates sailed to Amsterdam and worked out on a quarter-mile linoleum track laid around the ship’s deck. In Amsterdam, she finished second in her trial heat and first in her semifinal and became the only American to reach the finals.

The finish was close in the finals, and the judges declared Betty the winner over the favored Fanny Rosenfeld of Canada in an official time of 12.2. Because the 100-meter race was the first of five women’s track and field events at the 1928 Games, Betty Robinson Schwartz had won the 1st gold medal handed out in her sport.

”When the flag went up after the race,” she said, ”I started crying like a baby.”

Rosenfeld and her Canadian teammates later defeated Betty Robinson Schwartz and the American team in the 4×100-meter relay, with the United States team taking the silver.

After Betty Robinson Schwartz won the gold, Douglas MacArthur, then the president of the American Olympic Committee, presented her with a small gold charm shaped like the world. When she returned home, she was honored by ticker-tape parades down Broadway in New York and State Street in Chicago. In her hometown, she received a diamond watch from an adoring public and a silver cup from her high school.

Betty Robinson Schwartz was still a world-class athlete when a biplane she was riding in with her cousin crashed near Chicago in 1931. Both survived, but Betty Robinson Schwartz spent 11 weeks in a hospital with severe head injuries and a broken leg and arm. A silver rod and pin were inserted to stabilize the leg, which was placed in a hip-to-heel cast. For 4 months, she was in a wheelchair or on crutches, and the leg became a 1/2″ shorter.

”If I had not been in such good physical condition,” she said, ”I would not have lived through it.”

As it was, she was out of competition for three and a half years. When she tried a comeback in 1936, she could not bend a knee, so she had to make a standing rather than a crouching start in the 100 meters. Still, she made the Olympic relay team, along with Harriet Bland, Annette Rogers and Helen Stephens. This time in Berlin, the American team — with Betty Robinson Schwartz running the 3rd leg captured the gold when a member of the record-setting German team fumbled the baton pass before the last handoff. Betty Robinson Schwartz had completed an improbable comeback.

In 1939, she married Richard S. Schwartz, who owned an upholstery firm. They had 2 children.

Besides her son, she is survived by her daughter, Jane Hamilton of Denver, and 3 grandchildren.
Betty career included world records at 50, 60, 70 and 100 yards. Betty was inducted into the National Track and Field, the United States Track and Field and the Helms Halls of Fame. After she stopped running, she was a coach, timer and public speaker.

Betty never received the publicity and public adulation of such American successors as Babe Didrikson, Wilma Rudolph and Griffith Joyner. Years after her Olympic triumphs, she said: ”I suppose most Americans don’t even recognize me. It happened so long ago I still can’t believe the attention I get for something I did so long ago.”

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner – William Bruce Jenner was born on 28 October, 1949 in Mount Kisco, New York. Bruce is an U.S. track athlete, known principally for winning the decathlon in the 1976 Summer Olympics. Bruce Jenner captivated the world when he broke the world record by scoring 8,634 points in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and earned the title, “World’s Greatest Athlete.”Jenner grew up terrified of reading due to dyslexia, but he says his struggles with the reading disorder helped him learn to overcome adversity. He appeared on the sitcom Silver Spoons where he revealed his condition to the Stratton family. As is common for school-age dyslexic children, Jenner feared school, teachers, and reading. His behavior in the classroom was mislabeled by teachers and he would often daydream in class.

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Epilepsy Series-Disabled Legend Chanda Gunn

Chanda Gunn was born on 27 January, 1980 in Huntington Beach, California. Chanda Gunn is an American ice hockey player. Chanda Gunn won a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. As a female athlete with temporal lobe epilepsy, Chanda Gunn faces each day with a zest for life and the determination to live each day to its fullest. Gunn has received numerous awards, she is the first player ever to be named a finalist for both the Patty Kazmaier Award for the nation’s best women’s college hockey player and the Humanitarian Award for college hockey’s finest citizen.

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