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Greg Louganisarguably the greatest and most famous diver in history, has put his remaining Olympic medals up for sale in an auction to fund the next chapter of his life and benefit charity.

Louganis, who won the springboard and platform titles at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, is holding a memorabilia auction on his website through Dec. 4. Medals are listed separately “for private sale” with an option to make an offer. Louganis will see how the auction and bids go before determining how many medals, if any, he will part with.

The 62-year-old said friends asked if everything was okay. He assured them that he was fine.

Louganis, who had previously given away two of his four Olympic gold medals to people close to him, had never considered selling his other medals until recently giving it some serious thought. He was partly inspired by the Marie Kondo book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.

“We collect, we collect, we collect, then it serves its purpose, then we let it go,” he said. “[The sale] is an opportunity for these medals to have a life beyond.

“Often we hold things so tightly that it ends up strangling you. Holding things with a light touch is another practice I adapt.

Louganis previously gave his 1984 Olympic platform gold medal to his coach, Ron O’Brien.

He gave his gold medal to the 1988 Olympic springboard, which he won after hitting his head on the springboard during a preliminary dive, to Jeanne White Ginder. She is the mother of Ryan White, who became a national figure in the 1980s after developing AIDS from a blood transfusion to treat hemophilia. White fought successfully to attend public school after a college banned him. White died in 1990 at the age of 18. This medal was displayed as part of the Ryan White Collection at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

Louganis revealed in the mid-1990s that he had been HIV-positive by the time of the 1988 Seoul Games. He said White, whom he had met in 1986, was his inspiration to go through that springboard event after hit his head and was stitched up after bleeding in the pool.

Louganis’ medals for sale: his 1976 Olympic platform silver medal, won aged 16 in a duel with the Italian legend Klaus Dibiasi. And his first and last Olympic gold medals from the springboard in 1984 and from the platform in 1988.

Louganis said at least 10% of the proceeds from his auction and potential medal sales will go to nonprofit organizations — the Damien Center, the largest AIDS care provider in Indiana, and Children’s Rights, which works to protect children and keep families together. The date range of the auction includes World AIDS Day on December 1.

“Having Greg personally own his HIV status has provided a beacon of hope for those living with it, proving that an HIV diagnosis does not mean your life is over,” said the President and CEO of Damien Center. Alan Witchy said. “His work on HIV awareness and LGBTQ+ issues empowered a generation to end the HIV epidemic.”

The money will also help him launch GEL Dogjo, a health and wellness center for humans and dogs, and the Frances Louganis Foundation, named after his adoptive mother, which will support Olympians transitioning to life after the Games and various causes. including LGBTQ+, foster care and adoption, mental health and brain injury and concussion.

Louganis plans to hand-deliver any medal he sells and offer to share stories over a meal.

People who have visited Louganis’ California home often ask if they can see his medals. His typical response was, “If I can find them.” Usually they are packed in a bag, a drawer or in his garage.

“Medals are in the history books,” he said. “They don’t define me. It’s just part of who I am, but it’s not all of who I am.

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