by Brian Yalung
There is no question that Greg Louganis has done a lot for diving and the four-time Olympian is ready to help out aspiring athletes given the opportunity. And if all goes well, the 59-year-old American would be more than willing to help out Filipino divers.
“Of course, I’d love to. My feeling is we are all part of one race. It doesn’t matter what country you are from. We are all one race,” said Louganis.
Louganis was the athlete mentor for USA Diving that saw action in the London and Rio Olympics. They had one of the best showings although he admits the one in Rio was tougher although they still managed to haul in medals.
As far as mentoring outside the United States, Louganis emphasized that he would do so because he considers everyone part of one race.
“It’s not about the country. It is more about the potential of an individual, to really cultivate that talent and give them that faith and belief in themselves,” he explained.
As far as Filipino divers, Louganis already sees an advantage to local athletes.
“I think having that familiarity with water, Filipinos have their advantage because of the genetic attributes that are part of the success they can get in diving,” Louganis explained.
Manila Bulletin Sports Online reached out to Marie Dimanche, head of the Philippine national diving team, and asked her thoughts on the Olympian’s willingness to help the sport.
“It will make a difference and make an impact on the athletes’ success. The more our coaches learn, the better it is for our athletes since they have a great influence on them. They grow and transition as they progress in terms of coaching skills,” said Dimanche.
Nothing official has been set for now although Dimanche says that Louganis may hold a coaching clinic soon.
“I was asking him if he would be willing to do a coaches clinic here and he said he would be willing to. Hopefully next year,” Dimanche ended.