Harry Agganis, The Golden Greek (Aristotle George Agganis) (30.4.1930 Lynn/Massachusetts – 27.6.1955), his parents from Longanikos Pellana in Lakonia. A Football and Baseball player. Sadly his promising future ended when he died of a massive pulmonary embolism at the age of 26. From Joe Pickering Jr. I have the following information: “When Harry Agganis was alive he was given by the King and Queen of Greece a silver wreath like the ancient wreaths of the Olympics. He contributed money for sports to Greek children for Soccer. When Harry Agganis died the Greek Orthodox Church had a 40 day memorial ceremony to which nearly 50,000 people attended from 400 churches in North and South America. He was buried in Lynn and among the things in his casket was placed the silver wreath given by the King and Queen of Greece “.
"No longer are we foreigners. Thanks to Harry we are the Golden Greeks once more.", The mother of Harry after his death.
From http://www.kingoftheroadmusic.com/ Baseball Songs Sport Heroes a song dedicated to the Golden Greek Agganis , for the text see A FenwayNation Reader Writes , THE DAY NEW ENGLAND AND THE SPORT'S WORLD CRIED , http://www.agganisarena.com/about/arena/harry.html , (Additional Info)
Nick Tsiotos, Andy Dabilis, Harry Agganis, " the Golden Greek": An All-American Story, Hellenic College 1995
Peter Karmanos software magnate owns the NHL's Carolina Hurricane
Garo Yepremian (Greek-(Armenian) Cypriot) of the Miami Dolphins Super Bowl winner.
Anthony Koutoufides, Australia http://www.shirtlessafl.com/carlton/koutoufides.html The 'Greek Team of the Century'
Andrew Dimitriou (Cyprus) (PDF File)
Spiros (or Spyridon) Louis, (Σπυρίδων Λούης ) (18.1.1872 Marousi – 26.3.1940 Marousi), first modern Olympic Marathon winner 1896. Hellene, Hellene was the cry of the crowd waiting the Marathon runners to enter the stadium and hearing the news that a Greek was the leader. He was invited as a guest of honour by the organizers of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. He visited Adolf Hitler offering him an olive branch from Olympia Greece, a symbol of peace.
Stylianos (Stelios) Kyriakides (Στυλιανός (Στέλιος) Κυριακίδης) (4.5.1910 or 15.1.1910 Statos/Pafos in Cyprus - ?.12.1987) winner of the Boston Marathon 20.4.1946 (in 2 hr 29 min 27 sec), ”A true son of Pheidippides, Grecian immortal who ran the first marathon almost 2500 years ago, The New York Times, 21.4.1946”, Journey of a Warrior , " ο ξεχασμένος ήρωας"
Dean Karnazes http://www.ultramarathonman.com/ , http://www.thenorthface.com/na/athletes/athletes-DK.html , Greek American from San Francisco, the best ultramarathon runner in the world: ran for 3 days without stopping a distance of 226 miles! That's ten marathons in a row! He also ran to the south pole and through death valley for many miles, See also http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7444815/site/newsweek/.
Olympics , Athens 2004, from the shadows it seems that none of the athletes touches the ground.
Stamati Revithi, a Greek women in 1896 who completed the Marathon run but was not allowed to enter into the stadium as no women were allowed to participate in the Games. Not knowing her name she was called Melpomene, the name of the Muse of tragedy.
Christos Papanikolaou (Xρήστος Παπανικολάου) World record in the pole vault 5.49 m. 24 Oct 70, Piraeus (Now at 6.14 m by Sergey Bubka UKR Sestriere 31-July 1994)
Georgios Roubanis bronze medal in the pole vault with 4.5 0m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games
Konstantinos Kenteris (Κωνσταντίνος Κεντέρης ) (11.7.1973 Mytilene) http://www.kenteris.gr/welcome_en.htm Olympic, World and European Champion Sprinter, involved in one of the greatest doping scandals in Olympic history.
Niki Bakogianni (Νίκη Μπακογιάννη ) (9.6.1968 Lamia) Silver Medal Wome High Jump Atlanta 1996 Olympics
Athanasia Tsoumeleka, (Αθανασία Τσουμελέκα ) 20 km Race Walk Women Athens 2004 Olympic Champion
Pigi (Hrisopiyi) Devetzi (Πηγή (Χρυσοπηγή) Δεβετζή) (2.1.1976) , Triple Jump, Silver Medal Athens 2004 Olympics
Fani Halkia (Φανή Xαλκιά) 400 m hurdles women, Olympic Gold, Athens 2004
Sofia Sakorafa (Σοφία Σακοράφα) Javelin 1982 World record 74.20 m. 26 Sep 82, Chania / Crete
Anna Verouli, Javelin
Olga Vasdeki , Triple jump
Periklis Iakovakis , 47.82 sec. 400-m-Hurdles
Mirela Manjani (Tzelili) (Μιρέλα Μανιάνι-Τζελίλη ), (21.12.1976 Durres/Albania) Javelin Throw, Silver in 2000 Olympics, Bronze in 2004 Athens World Record (New Javelin) 67.09 m. 28 Aug 99, Sevilla Images
Tom Pappas (6.9.1976 Oregon) American (Greek Origin) Decathlon Champion
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GREEK OLYMPIC GAMES MEDALS