Spyros Gianniotis Talks How Sports Makes Strength On WOWSA Live
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Spyridon “Spyros” Gianniotis (Greek: Σπυρίδων “Σπύρος” Γιαννιώτης) was born in Liverpool, England to a British mother, but moved to his father’s native Greece where he was raised and trained for decades to achieve his life’s dream.
The 41-year-old Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame discussed his professional swimming and coaching career with Ned Denison on today’s edition of WOWSA Live. He recalled:
* his early age group competitive training and his first Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, a dream comes true, swimming the 400m and 1500m freestyle and 800m relay and participating in the Opening Ceremonies.
* qualifying for the Olympic finals in 2004 in both the 400m and 1500m freestyles, experiences that he can remember “last yesterday”.
* starting his open water swimming career in 2006 in the Mediterranean Games, based on a conversation with Petar Stoychev, and then finished 3rd in the 2007 FINA World Championships 5 km race in Melbourne.
* Despite the choppy, cold conditions in Melbourne, he was hooked in the sport.
* the post-race difficulty of finishing 4th in the 2012 London Olympics when he felt that he let his country down.
* the situation of the final kilometer of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Copacabana Beach at the 2016 Rio Olympics where he won a silver medal at the age of 36, the “moment of his life”.
* being inspired by double Olympic gold medalist Kieron Perkins and training extremely hard throughout his career.
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Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor – Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming’s Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University’s John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.