Here is some info on the 4 Greek Olympians competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Information courtesy of AgonaSport.
Sophia Ralli was the first athlete to enter the Olympic Stadium on Friday night during the parade of nations, as she was chosen to be Greece’s flag bearer. The 29-year-old from Naoussa in Central Macedonia will be competing in her third consecutive Olympic Games. She is an alpine skier, and will ski in the women’s slalom and giant slalom events. As a result of her participation, Naoussa can proudly say that they have sent athletes to the Winter Olympics every single time since 1964.
Maria Danou is the other woman on the Greek team this year. At 27 years old, she is competing in her second Olympics, as she previously participated in Vancouver 2010. Like Ralli, she also hails from Naoussa, though she now lives and works in Switzerland. She is a cross-country skier and will ski in the women’s sprint event.
Apostolos Angelis will also be competing in his second Olympics in cross-country skiing, having previously been a member of the Greek Olympic team in Sochi 2014. He will be racing in the men’s sprint event. The 24-year-old is from Metsovo in Epirus, a town that has sent athletes to every Winter Olympics since 1992.
Ioannis Antoniou is the only first-time Olympian on this Greek team. He is set to compete in alpine skiing, particularly in the men’s slalom and giant slalom events. In addition to being an alpine skier, he is also currently a university student in Thessaloniki. However, the 23-year-old was born and raised in Karpenisi, and will have the unique honor of being the first athlete from Karpenisi to ever compete in the Winter Olympics.
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Dinos Lefkaritis is Cyprus sole Olympian, and is an engineering and economics major and the 12th Bates College Olympian. He will compete in two events, the men’s giant slalom and the slalom.