As they embraced, O'Brien whispered to Louganis: " Klaus Dibiasi had to hit his last dive at the 1976 Olympics to beat you." Louganis would smile at the thought later. He had been 16 when he challenged two-time defending Olympic platform champion Dibiasi at the Montreal Games and had come away with the silver medal. Now Xiong was the kid, the heir apparent. "I understand what Klaus Dibiasi felt like," said Louganis with a chuckle.
Louganis explained that he had broken into tears not because he had won, but because his platform career had come to an end. There may have been a sense of relief involved, too, after that reverse 3�. As O'Brien put it, "I don't know that there's ever been a bigger dive done in Olympic history."
For Louganis, who on Monday announced his retirement not only from platform but also from springboard competition, the timing was perfect.