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KALARAS Efthymios
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para athletics
NPC Greece   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthAthens, GRE
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-1
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Volunteer
Languages
English, Greek
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began alpine skiing in 2010.
Why this sport?
"It is a fun and entertaining sport in the outdoors that you can do with friends."
Club / Team
Irodikos Komotinis : Greece
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Greece
General Interest
Nicknames
Makis, Makita, Suleyman (NPC, 21 Jan 2014)
Hobbies
Handcycling. (Facebook page, 20 Oct 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Carrying the Greek flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 25 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
Athletics coach Nikos Papanikolaou. (NPC, 21 Jan 2014)
Injuries
He suffered a rotator cuff [shoulder] injury in 2012. (NPC, 21 Jan 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Have fun through sport." (NPC, 21 Jan 2014)
Awards and honours
As the sole Greek athlete he was chosen as flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)

His sporting achievements have seen him honoured by the cities of Athens and Kommotini in Greece. He also has a cultural centre named after him in his Androniani Euboea, Greece. (NPC, 21 Jan 2014)
Other sports
He won silver in the F54 discus throw at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Nov 2017; NPC, 21 Jan 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Facebook profile, 14 Sep 2017)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of a machinery accident. (alphafreepress.gr, 24 Oct 2016)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He was the first Greek athlete to participate in both the summer and winter Paralympic Games. He competed at the summer Games in both 2004 and 2008, and made his winter Olympic debut at the 2014 Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 25 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2004 Discus Throw F54 28.07 
5 2008 Discus Throw F53-54 27.98
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 Discus Throw F54 26.69
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2014 Slalom - Sitting DNF
22 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:37.60
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting DNF
  2014/2015 Slalom - Sitting DNS