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 OLIMPIC MEDALIST
SILVER OLIMPIC MEDALIST
1994 | 1995 | 2002 | 2003
1996 | 2000 | 2001
VICE WORLD CHAMPION
1995 | 2003
EUROPEAN BRONZE MEDALIST
1992 | 1993 | 1995 | 1998
Gold Olympic Champion
Champion of Life
By having in his windsurfing carrier the Best two medals (Gold in Atlanta 1996, Silver in Athens 2004) in the Olympic Boardsailing Class, the 6th place in Sydney 2000, and also by being 3 times World Champion, he is considered to be the best male Olympic board sailor up today.
In 1996 he was honored by the Greek Association of Sport Press. In the same year he was the last torch-bearers on Greek territory, while he holds the flag at the Closing Ceremony of Atlanta’s Olympic Games. He was also the flag bearer of Greece- the 1st athlete to enter into the Olympic stadium in Sydney 2000 Opening ceremony.
Create waves of change
Bring an ocean of opportunities
A special moment in his career is his sail boarding across the Aegean Sea in the summer of 1997-he realized the sailing Athens-Crete (200 nautical miles) in two days to support Greece in the Olympic Committee.
One month later September 1997 was member of the bid Committee for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games (Lausanne-Switzerland)
Light the Dream = Dream to WIN
2004 Last Torchbearer
Last but not least…
Nikos KAKLAMANAKIS (GRE), was the torchbearer who lit the cauldron at the Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony of the 28th Olympic Games.
This is the first time that such an honor has been bestowed upon any Greek Olympian and a sailor globally as well, so it was a truly unique moment