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Anna Korakaki to be First Woman Ever to Launch Olympic Games Torch Relay

For the very first time, a woman has been chosen to launch the torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Games at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in Greece. Greece's Olympic committee said Thursday it had chosen Rio de Janeiro...

International Olympic Committee to Award President Pavlopoulos With Gold Olympic Order

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos will be awarded the Gold Olympic Order medal for his great contributions to the Olympic movement, Olympic ideals and the Olympic legacy, it was recently announced. The award will be given to the...

Greece's Petrounias Wins Silver Medal in Germany; Road to Tokyo Toughens Up

Greek Olympic champion Eleftherios Petrounias won the silver medal on Saturday during the World Cup finals in the German city of Cottbus. This left the Greek athlete with a bittersweet aftertaste since his road to qualify for the Olympic Games...

Greece’s Coach Pitino: "For the Next Eight Months I’m Not American, I’m Greek"

Greece’s new national basketball team coach Rick Pitino declared today that he is ready to lead Greece to Tokyo for Japan’s 2020 Summer Olympics. Pitino, who was announced as the new coach of the Greek squad on Monday, outlined his...

Enriqueta Basilio, First Woman to Light Olympic Cauldron, Dies at 71

Enriqueta Basilio, an athlete from Mexico and the first woman in history to light the Olympic cauldron, died recently at the age of 71. It was 1968 when Basilio, a 20-year old track and field athlete, lit the Olympic cauldron...

Tokyo 2020 Organizers Unveil Medals Featuring Nike, Greek Goddess of Victory

With exactly one year to go until next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo, the medals for the 2020 games were unveiled on Thursday in a gala ceremony in the Japanese capital. The medals, which are 85 millimeters (3.3 inches) in...

Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony for Pyeongchang 2018 (video)

The Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, was held on Tuesday, October 24 in Ancient Olympia. The official ceremony was held at the ancient stadium of Olympia, with actress Katerina Lehou as High Priestess and Artemis...

Greek State Assets in U.S.A. in Danger of Confiscation for Unpaid Fines

Greek State assets in the U.S. are threatened with confiscation due to a 40 million euro fine imposed by a U.S. court against the country on the C4I case, Kathimerini newspaper reports. The case concerns the appeal by the American...

Katerina Stefanidi Wins Gold at Pole Vault in Rio Olympics

Katerina Stefanidi won the gold medal for Greece at the women's Olympic pole vault final in Rio on Friday. Stefanidi cleared 4.85m taking the sixth medal for Greece at the Rio Olympics. Sandi Morris of USA also cleared 4.85, but took...

Greek Gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias Wins Gold Medal in Rio (video)

Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias won the gold medal in men's rings on August 15, in the Rio Olympic Games with a score of 16.000 points. He was closely followed by Brazilian Arthur Zanetti with a score of 15.766 in...