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. He was named one of the 1996 Greek Male Athletes of the Year.
|Full name||Nikolaos Kaklamanakis|
|Born||August 19, 1968 (age 54)|
Kaklamanakis participated in five consecutive Olympic Games from 1992 to 2008, reaching the medal race in all five of them. He won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, while he was ninth in Barcelona (1992), sixth in Sydney (2000) and eighth in Beijing (2008).
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.
|Gold||European Championship (Mistral)||1994|
|Silver||IMCO World Championship||1995|
|Gold||Australasian Championship (Mistral)||1995|
|Gold||IMCO World Championship||1996|
|Gold||Mistral World Championship||2000|
|Bronze||International ASA Windsurfing Championship||2001|
|Gold||Mistral World Championship||2001|
|Silver||ISAF World Championship||2003|
- Nikolas Kaklamanakis at World Sailing
- Nikolaos Kaklamanakis at Olympics.com
- Nikolaos Kaklamanakis at Olympic.org (archived)
- Nikos Kaklamanakis at Olympedia
- Lighting the Olympic cauldron