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Spyros Pinas

Full name: Spyros Paul Pinas
Original name: Σπύρος Πινας
Other name(s): Spiro Pina
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: July 14, 1973
Died: March 17, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Country: GRE Greece
Sport: Luge

Biography

Spiro Pina grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he earned nine varsity letters at St. Paul Central High School. He took luge when he was 16 when US recruiters were looking for sliders for the national team. When he realized he had little chance to make the American team, he used his dual Greek citizenship to compete for Greece at the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics. Pina graduated from the University of Minnesota and earned a Masters’ degree in public policy and economics. He was fluent in six languages – English, Spanish, Norwegian, Greek, French, and German. While training for the Olympics he taught French in public schools in the Twin Cities area. He died quite young from a brain tumor.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge Men's Singles Greece GRE 24
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Luge Men's Singles Greece GRE 24

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IT1 IR1 IT2 IR2 IT3 IR3 IT4 IR4 IT5 IR5 ST1 SR1 ST2 SR2 ST3 SR3 ST4 SR4 ST5 SR5
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge Greece GRE Final Standings 24 3:27.812
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge Greece GRE Run 1 25 51.996 4.601 24 17.005 25 26.497 26 33.797 27 43.636 25 12.404 26 9.492 26 7.300 26 9.839 26 8.360 25
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge Greece GRE Run 2 25 52.170 4.612 25 17.032 25 26.566 26 33.907 26 43.791 26 12.420 =27 9.534 26 7.341 25 9.884 25 8.379 25
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge Greece GRE Run 3 23T 51.782 4.628 23 17.024 24 26.482 24 33.735 25 43.504 24 12.396 23 9.458 24 7.253 26 9.769 24 8.278 21
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge Greece GRE Run 4 23 51.864 4.639 =25 17.068 27 26.553 25 33.812 24 43.576 23 12.429 26 9.485 =22 7.259 24 9.764 21 8.288 19
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Luge Greece GRE Final Standings 24 3:25.380
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Luge Greece GRE Run 1 28 51.628 3.239 25 16.764 25 28.763 25 42.005 27 13.525 26 11.999 26 13.242 28 9.623 28
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Luge Greece GRE Run 2 24 51.123 3.238 24 16.689 25 28.623 24 41.647 24 13.451 24 11.934 24 13.024 24 9.476 23
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Luge Greece GRE Run 3 22 51.335 3.250 24 16.756 23 28.710 23 41.775 22 13.506 23 11.954 23 13.065 24 9.560 24
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Luge Greece GRE Run 4 23 51.294 3.238 23 16.703 23 28.635 23 41.666 23 13.465 =22 11.932 23 13.031 24 9.628 27
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