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PETRAKIS Kostas
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Greece   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthVeria, GRE
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
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."
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Greece
General Interest
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, 07 Mar 2018)
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 was flag bearer for Greece at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)
Milestones
At the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang he became the first athlete to represent Greece in Para snowboarding at a Paralympic Winter Games. (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
He says becoming the first Greek snowboarder to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games will always remain a career highlight. "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 live 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." (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Dec 2018; konstantinospetrakis.gr, 14 Feb 2018; fuit.gr, 18 Jun 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
11 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 58.71
7 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
9 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
19 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
19 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 59.45