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Konstantinos Petrakis

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-UL

Further personal information

Residence
Veria, GRE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Greek
Higher education
Economics, Management Information Systems - Technological Educational Institute of Western Macedonia: Kozani, GRE

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 14 at Seli Ski Resort in Veria, Greece.
Why this sport?
"I come from a county where skiing and snowboarding is a widespread sport. So at some point on a trip to Seli with school I tried. I was skiing at first, but snowboarding excited me from the first moment. The truth is, the next day my whole body was in pain, but I never skied again and got stuck with the snowboard. I played football, but snowboarding is something different. Contact with the mountains, nature and snow is something unique that no other sport offers you."
Club / Team
Disability Sport Club: Veria, GRE
Name of coach
Dimitris Papakonstantinou [personal]
Training Regime
He trains for up to 15 hours per week.

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Greece

General interest

Hobbies
Playing football, spending time outdoors, jogging. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Becoming the first Greek snowboarder to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games when he took part in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (fuit.gr, 18 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US snowboarder Shaun White. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He kisses a photograph of his late father before he competes. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every man must learn to live with his problems. And turn his problems into positives." (fuit.gr, 18 Jun 2019)
Awards and honours
He and alpine skier Evangelia Nikou were flag bearers for Greece at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. He had carried out the same role at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (IPC Entries, 04 Mar 2022; pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)
Milestones
He became the first snowboarder to represent Greece at the Paralympic Winter Games when he competed at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (konstantinospetrakis.gr, 14 Feb 2018)
Impairment
He was born with obstetric palsy, a condition that affects movement and coordination. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Other information
HISTORIC PARALYMPIAN
Becoming the first Greek snowboarder to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games will always remain a career highlight for him. "I don't know if I can really describe what I experienced in Korea. Incredible emotions. It's definitely one of the best moments of my life and I'll never forget it. I never thought I'd be lucky enough to experience such a big moment. There is nothing more important than an athlete representing his country at the Paralympics. No matter how many years go by, even if future successes come, this will remain a top moment in my career and in my life in general." (fuit.gr, 18 Jun 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 20 Dec 2018; konstantinospetrakis.gr, 14 Feb 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2021 he became a member of the Greek Para Sports Federation [EAOM-Disabled] athletes' committee. (r4rehab.blogspot.com, 17 Nov 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Final 2018-03-12 19
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Final 2018-03-16 19
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Race 1 2019-03-27 11
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Race 1 2019-03-30 7