Former gold-medal winning Olympic diver Greg Louganis married his partner, paralegal Johnny Chaillot, in a ceremony in California over the weekend.
Louganis and Chaillott gave exclusive rights to their nuptials to People's Patrick Gomez, who covered the ceremony in Malibu on Saturday. The wedding was attended by 160 of the couple's family and friends, including Olympians Janet Evans and Nadia Comaneci. Celebrities like Barbara Eden, French Stewart and Bruce Vilanch were also in attendance, as was Dominic Scott Kay of The Voice, who sang at the ceremony.
Louganis was proud that so many different types of people could be in one place at the same time.
"It was amazing because I have so many people from all facets of my life here tonight and they are all here and celebrating," Louganis said. "I already feel different. The ceremony was so reflective and representative of who we are."
Louganis and Chaillot met early last year on the dating website Match.com. They were engaged on April 8 and made a public announcement two months later. California is one of 14 states that allows same-sex marriage in the United States.
"It has been an incredible journey," Louganis said. "I feel like we've been through a lifetime in a very short time."
Louganis is widely considered the best Olympic diver in United States history. He won consecutive gold medals in the 3m springboard and 10m platform events at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul. He's the only man in history to win consecutive golds in both events.
The 53-year-old left competitive diving in 1988—the same year he was diagnosed with HIV. He would later come out as gay during an appearance on Oprah seven years later. Since his diagnosis, Louganis has become a staunch HIV awareness advocate and worked with multiple gay-friendly charities and organizations.
Rather than gifts, Louganis and Chaillot asked their wedding guests to make donations to the Human Rights Campaign, which tries to ensure equal rights for the LGBT community, and Mending Kids International, which provides surgical healthcare to needy children.
"We are both in our mid fifties and don't need another blender so we really wanted to give back," Chaillot, 52, said.
Louganis currently serves as a mentor for the United States' swimming and diving program. He's also made a number of appearances in media platforms, including a recent run as a judge on the ABC summer hit Splash. Next year, a documentary on Louganis' life entitled Back on Board will be released.
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