Greg Louganis first in Distinguished Speakers Series

September 02, 2003

University Park, Pa. -- Greg Louganis, record-breaking Olympic diver and best-selling author, is the first speaker in Penn State's 2003-2004 Distinguished Speakers Series at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, in Eisenhower Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Tickets will be available to students attending the University Park campus on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Tickets will be available to faculty and staff, and students from other Penn State campuses on Thursday, Sept. 4. The general public may pick up any remaining tickets beginning Friday, Sept. 5, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Eisenhower box office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Limited tickets might also be available the night of the speech.

Louganis, an internationally celebrated athlete, became the first man to win double gold medals for diving in two consecutive Olympics. He also has won five World Championships and holds a record number of National Championship titles. At the 1988 Olympic Games, he was awarded the Maxwell House United States Olympic Committee Spirit Award, an award reserved for the Olympic athletes who best exhibit the ideals of the Olympic spirit, demonstrate extraordinary courage and significantly contribute to the sport.

His openness and honesty concerning his past difficulties and his hope for the future despite being HIV positive have made him an inspiring role model. Louganis has been busy with book tours for his best-selling autobiography, "Breaking the Surface," which recently was adapted for television.

The Distinguished Speakers Series is sponsored by the University Park Allocation Committee, coordinated by the Distinguished Speakers Series Committee and the Office of Student Activities, and funded by student activity fees. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at (814) 863-3786.

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