Windsurfing-mistral gold-medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics and silver-medal winner at the 2004 Athens games.
His 1996 gold medal earned him great acclaim among his countrymen, and he became one of Greece's most admired athletes.
He was chosen to light the Olympic torch during the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics' opening ceremony.
His family was residing in Athens when he was born.
His participation in the 1996 Olympics was memorable for more than just his win, for it was at these games that Muhammad Ali, in spite of his declining health, carried the Olympic torch.