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Nikolaos Kaklamanakis (Image from STIGMES, the magazine of Crete, http://stigmes.gr)

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

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 Cadiz, Spain, behind Przemek Miarczynski of Poland. In the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Kaklamanakis took the silver medal behind Gal Fridman of Israel.

Olympic medal record
Men's Sailing
Gold 1996 Atlanta Windsurfing-Mistral
Silver 2004 Athens Windsurfing-Mistral

Selected achievements

Medal Event Year
Gold European Championship (Mistral) 1994
Bronze 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

From Stigmes:

When we mentioned that we are from Crete, his eyes sparkled and he recited the following stanza:

«I wish I were a hawk at Sfakia, an eagle on mount Psiloritis, or even a wild goat in your ravines that I may enjoy you for ever, Crete»

The rhymed stanza, known as mantinada, used to be recited by Kaklamanakis' father, a native of Agios Vassilios, Rethymnon.

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