Nikolaos Kaklamanakis

Nikolaos "Nikos" Kaklamanakis (Greek: Νικόλαος Κακλαμανάκης, born August 19, 1968, in Athens) is the Greek Gold-medal winner who lit the Olympic torch in the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Nikos Kaklamanakis
Personal information
BornAugust 19, 1968 (1968-08-19) (age 52)
Athens, Greece


One of the most popular athletes in Greece, Nikolaos Kaklamanakis is a three-time Mistral class windsurfing world champion and a gold medalist at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Sailing. He won silver in the event at the 2003 World Championships in Cádiz, Spain, behind Przemek Miarczynski of Poland. In the 2000 Summer Olympics he took the 6th place, while in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Kaklamanakis took the silver medal behind Gal Fridman of Israel. Four years later, in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games he finished 8th in the RS:X Men Sailing Race.

Selected achievementsEdit

Medal Event Year
Gold European Championship (Mistral) 1994
Silver IMCO World Championship 1995
Gold Australasian Championship (Mistral) 1995
Gold IMCO World Championship 1996
Gold Atlanta Olympics 1996
Gold Athens EUROLYMP 1998
Gold Mistral World Championship 2000
Bronze International ASA Windsurfing Championship 2001
Gold Mistral World Championship 2001
Silver ISAF World Championship 2003
Silver Athens Olympics 2004

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
1980 USA Men's Ice Hockey Team
Final Olympic torchbearer
Athens 2004
Succeeded by
Stefania Belmondo
Preceded by
Cathy Freeman
Final Summer Olympic torchbearer
Athens 2004
Succeeded by
Li Ning
Preceded by
Pyrros Dimas
Flagbearer for   Greece
Sydney 2000
Succeeded by
Pyrros Dimas