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Louganis overcame odds to earn Olympic gold

Updated: April 2, 2001, 1:34 PM ET
By Ron Flatter | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Games Sept. 19, 1988 - Greg Louganis did the unthinkable in attempting to defend his three-meter springboard Olympic title in Seoul, South Korea. In the preliminary round, he hit his head on the board while performing his ninth of 11 dives, a reverse 2 somersault pike. He received temporary sutures to close the gash in his scalp.

"I didn't realize I was that close to the board," Louganis said. "When I hit it, it was kind of a shock. But I think my pride was hurt more than anything ...

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