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Johnny Chaillot (left) and Greg Louganis.
Congratulations to Olympic legend Greg Louganis and his partner Johnny Chaillot, a paralegal, who were wed in Malibu, California on October 12, 2013. The two have been dating since 2012 and became engaged in April 2013.
As reported by Patrick Gomez in People Magazine, the grooms exchanged vows before approximately 160 guests in a sunset ceremony. The wedding party included Chaillot's four sisters and Louganis' Olympic diving coach Ron O'Brien. Louganis and Chaillot wore European-cut white suits.
The ceremony was followed by an elaborate reception at Geoffrey's in Malibu, where guests, including Barbara Eden, French Stewart, Bruce Vilanch, and Olympians Janet Evans and Nadia Comaneci, enjoyed musical entertainment from friends of the couple.
"It was amazing because I have so many people from all facets of my life here tonight and they are all here and celebrating it is all wonderful," Louganis told Gomez. "I already feel different. The ceremony was so reflective and representative of who we are."
In lieu of gifts, the couple asked their guests to make donations to charities, including the Human Rights Campaign and Mending Kids International.
Louganis is widely regarded as the greatest diver in history. After having won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, he dominated diving competitions throughout the 1980s, winning two gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and two more at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Since his retirement from competition, he has acknowledged both his homosexuality and his status as a person living with AIDS.
In June, the couple announced their engagement, which was reported in the clip below from Celebtv.