Greg Louganis surprises Michael
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Michael reached out to the man who had so deeply impacted his life over the years, but they've never met face-to-face...until today! Greg surprises Michael with a hug.

"Twenty-five years later, I still love it when that happens!" Oprah says.

Michael says meeting Greg after all these years is surreal. "I remember what it was like when I was 12. I was on my elbows watching the show," he says. "I'd never seen another gay person. I thought I was the only one."

After seeing Greg on The Oprah Show, Michael says he bought Greg's book, Breaking the Surface. "I was so grateful [my parents] didn't watch Oprah, because if [they] knew, they were so conservative they would never have let me read it," he says. "All they knew is you were an Olympic gold diver, and 'maybe he wants to get into sports or something.'"
FROM: "Coming Out" on The Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests
Published on January 25, 2011

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