Greg Louganis, who is an olympic diver, married Johnny Chaillot in a ceremony that took place in Malibu, California. Louganis rose to fame after winning gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic games, for both the springboard and the platform. He is also the only male and second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic games.
Louganis has been openly gay throughout his career, and his now finally able to be married at the age of 53. His partner, now husband, is 52. The couple wed on Saturday, October 12. Louganis, the famous Olympian has married Chaillot, who is a paralegal. He tested positive for HIV in 1988 and later came out publicly as gay during a performance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1995, according to US Weekly.
The couple had dated for less than a year, before deciding to take the next step in their relationship. They began dating in 2012 after a chance meeting on the website that we have all come to know from their commercials, match.com.
Greg Louganis and his partner became engaged almost exactly a year later on April 8th. Louganis said in an interview on Thursday, "It has been an incredible journey."
Say down finally and saw a post about @greglouganis & Johnny Chaillot's wedding. Congratulations! Everything looked perfect, especially them
— Jeff Kern (@jeffkern) October 14, 2013
Congratulations @greglouganis on your marriage to Johnny Challiot! Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness from one newlywed to another!
— Ben Finzel (@benfinzel) October 14, 2013
The ceremony was fairly small in comparison with some weddings, entertaining about 160 guests during the party. They each wore European-cut white suits, and were accompanied by Chaillots four sisters and Louganis' diving coach Ron O'Brien. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed live music provided by their friends, including a recent contestant on The Voice, Dominic Scott Kay.
With the hopes of making a difference, they are also shaking up the traditional wedding registry, and asking for donations to charities instead. The couple talked about the decision, saying in an interview that they are both in their fifties and do not need a blender or other typical items that are picked out for wedding gifts. It just made sense for them to donate the money that would have gone towards gifts toward charities instead.
Olympian Greg Louganis met the man he married on http://t.co/SVMOZcmoFe. THE FUTURE IS NOW.
— Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) October 13, 2013
Congrats to @greglouganis !! I wish you and your husband a long life of happiness!
— Val (@H0LY_VAL) October 14, 2013
After years of being a closeted homosexual, Olympic diver Greg Louganis is finally able to be open about his love life and will now be able to enjoy a happy life with his husband. He mentioned that growing up he always heard about soul mates and never believed in any of that until now, saying "I'm having second thoughts about that."
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