Here’s some food for thought as you watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony tonight: What if the Olympic rings were used to show inequalities between regions?
This infographic by designer Gustavo Sousa uses the Olympic rings to show the number of people living with HIV across the regions.
KEY: Oceania: blue. Europe: black. Americas: red. Africa: yellow. Asia: green.
23 days until the Olympics start in London! Time for another inspiring Olympian.
Chances are if you are an avid watcher of the Olympics, you have heard of Greg Louganis. Well if you have not, then let me enlighten you. Back in the day at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Greg Louganis stepped up to the diving board. He prepped himself and leaped. Instead of gracefully splashing into the pool, he bashed his head on the board. He was rushed out of the pool and got 5 stitches in the back of his head. Not ready to give in to defeat so easily he got back on the board. He performed the same move, he only 22 minutes earlier flopped, and pulled it off perfectly. He then went on to win the gold medal. It was later revealed that only 6 month prior Greg was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Through it all he persevered, and in the end came out on top. Greg has gone on to be an outspoken advocate for the fight against HIV/AIDS and has worked frequently with the Human Rights Campaign to defend the civil liberties of the LGBT community and people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Let Greg inspire you to do greatness, persevere, and always go for the gold! Tell us about any Olympians that inspire you below in the comments.
Greg Louganis is one of the most successful Olympic divers ever to grace the games, with 4 gold medals and countless other titles in international games. In the 1988 Olympics he hit his head on the diving board and suffered from a concussion, yet still qualified with the highest score on his next dive. Greg Louganis demonstrated his greatest level of courage, however, when he came out as gay in 1994 and announced that he was HIV positive to the public. Greg Louganis serves not only as a role model to divers and to all athletes, but to a whole community of people stigmatized for being gay and for being infected with HIV. Thanks to Greg’s courage, we are one step closer to breaking down stereotypes, and inspired to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.
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Tommie Smith is an inspiring Olympian whose legacy lives on today. At Until There’s A Cure, we are inspired by individuals who take a stand for a cause they believe in. The Olympics are not only a time for astounding athletic ability but also positive social movement and change. In 1968 when Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists during the national anthem after placing in the 200-meter dash, they created an everlasting symbol of the determination of the human spirit. Tommie Smith inspires us, an athlete who took a stand against injustice and furthered the fight for racial equality during a tumultuous time for America.
What Olympians inspire you?
Michael Phelps has joined the ranks of celebrities who have lent their names and faces to the Until There’s A Cure PSA campaign. Please view his new ads on our website — and if you are interested in using one for your publications, please contact us and download PDFs of our PSAs at our student campaign site.
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