|MELISSANIDIS Ioannis Greece
Discipline: Mens Artistic
|Last update: 21/11/2013|
|Date of birth:||27/03/1977||Age:||38|
|Height:||175 cm/5.7 ft||Weight:||57.8 kg/127.4 lb|
|Place of birth:||DACHAOU (GER)||
|Languages Spoken:||English, French, German|
|Start Discipline (year):||1987|
|First Int. Competition (year):||1990|
|National Team Since (year):||1989|
|Head coach:||Dimitrios Raftis (GRE)|
|Personal website / fan page:||http://www.melissanidis.gr/||Facebook page:|
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|His Olympic title on Floor in Atlanta 1996 made him a National Hero in his country!
His elegance and flexibility as a performer, together with the great deal of originality in his routines, will be long remembered!
Melissanidis is also the 1998 European and 1994 World Silver medallist on Floor. At the 1999 World Championships in Tianjin, China he took the 4th place.
After Atlanta'96 he improved enormously on Vault and became European Champion on this apparatus in 1998, St.Petersburg, Russia. On this apparatus Ioannis is known as a potential medallist anywhere around the world, provided he could stick his landing, and most importantly- he is free from the nasty injuries he suffered lately...
(7th place in Tianjin'99 and 7th at the Sidney'00 Olympics, where he put his hands down on a Yurchenko- double back tucked)
Ioannis Melissanidis was, is, and will always remain a great inspiration for the younger generation of Greek gymnasts, who succeeded his ambition to win medals at Olympic, World and European level.
As a result of this, and with Athens hosting the 2004 Olympic Games, a Greek "invasion" to the rostrum there is more than expected!
Interests: Ice dancing and Diving; movies, actors, politics and Greek tragedy. The person he had most liked to meet is the great actress Melina Mercouri.
Father Evaggelos is a bus driver; mother Aikaterini has been very supportive in Melissanidis' career.
Sister Maria, born in 1976, is a radiologist and brother Spiros, born in 1974, teaches music and German.
Has practiced classic ballet for many years and in 1997 he performed the main dancing role of the myth of Ikaros in the European Festival of Delfi, while he danced Zorba in Elsinki, Cyprus and Greece; One of his autographed personal T-shirts is on display in the International Olympic Museum of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland; Has received numerous honors included being selected by the sports editors of the Balkans as one of the 5 best athletes of the Balkans; also placed among the 100 great Greek personalities of the last century; Two national gyms bear his name.
Born in Germany and moved to Greece at age 2; Studies medicine at Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki; Is a member of "Greenpeace"; Speaks Greek, English, French and German
Worlds 03 - May 2003
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