U.S. diver Greg Louganis won back-to-back titles on both diving events, but only after hitting the springboard with his head in the 3 m event final. This became a minor controversy years later when Louganis revealed he knew he was HIV-positive at the time, and did not tell anybody. Since HIV cannot survive in open water, no other divers were ever in danger. When he announced his HIV status in 1995, most of his corporate sponsors dropped him as a client with the exception of Speedo, which retained him as an endorser of its products until 2007.
In 2016, Louganis was pictured on the box of Wheaties cereal, where prominent American athletes are famously featured. Louganis said he was denied this honor in the 1980s because of the stigma at the time of being gay.