When Nico Polychronidis told people he was heading to Sochi to compete for Greece as a ski jumper, they were totally struck by this news, as ski jumping is not an ordinary sport in Greece. But now the German-born athlete aims to have the last laugh as Greece's first ever competitor in the sport.
"A lot of people in Greece are now interested in ski jumping," the 24-year-old Polychronidis was born in Bremen, Germany, to a German mother and Greek father. He started jumping as a six-year-old and was admitted to the famous ski jumping school at Oberstdorf at the age of 12. "The people in the Greek Olympic Committee were happy to accept me," he added. In six training jumps at Sochi on Thursday and Friday, his best performance was 52nd.