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Three-time Olympic Champion Pyrros Dimas Visits Hellenic House
May 4, 2012—No. 30 (202) 785-8430

Three-time Olympic Champion Pyrros Dimas Visits Hellenic House

WASHINGTON, DC — Three-time Olympic Champion Pyrros Dimas visited American Hellenic Institute’s (AHI’s) Hellenic House on April 25, 2012.

“We were honored to have Mr. Dimas visit with us,” said AHI President Nick Larigakis. “He is a world champion, a national hero of Greece, and he represents all that is great about the fortitude of Greece.”

Dimas is considered one of the greatest weightlifters of all-time. In addition to being a three-time Olympic Champion, Dimas is a three-time World Champion. He won Olympic Gold at the 1992 Barcelona Games, 1996 Atlanta Games, and 2000 Sydney Games. Dimas is famous for shouting "Gia tin Ellada!" following his clean and jerk lift, dedicating his victory to Greece in 1992.

AHI President Nick Larigakis, Board of Directors Secretary Nick Karambelas, and Demetra Atsaloglou, director, Media Relations and Research Analyst, attended the discussion which focused on raising awareness and funds for a Greek school in Himara. Demetrios Koutoulas, president, Panepirotic Federation of America, accompanied Dimas.

Pyrros Dimas visit to the Hellenic House: (L-R) Nick Karambelas, Pyrros Dimas, Nick Larigakis, Demetrios Koutoulas.

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit Greek American public policy center that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.


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