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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