The miraculous girls of synchronized swimming learned how to overcome all obstacles and they are getting ready for Tokyo, with bwin proudly supporting their efforts!
“Dance is more demanding than sports”, the great ballet dancer Alina Cojocaru used to say, while the swimmer Annete Kelermann stated that “swimming is shaping imagination”. The miraculous duo of Greek synchronized swimming, Evelina Papazoglou and Evaggelia Platanioti found from a very young age the balance between dance and sports. And soon they found out that all their career dreams that had to do with water, can become realistic goals.
Platanioti-Papazoglou. The two names are combining in every aspect recently. In competitions, medals, newspaper articles, interviews. Two distinctive personalities, that paved their way in Greek sports and joined forces to reach even higher levels. Now, a third member is part of their team. A factor that skyrockets their potential. Bwin.
The leading betting brand proves that effectively supports Greek sports. In difficult times, not only stayed side by side to the athletes of the sponsoring scheme “We support the new age of Olympic Medalists”, but new members were recruited for the program. Evelina Papazoglou and Evangelia Platanioti are two of the new stars.
The two loves of Evangelia
Evangelia Platanioti was born in 1994. At the age of seven, she started to train in synchronized swimming. From a very young age she adored sports and dance. Thus, in synchronized swimming she found the perfect combination. Even though she chose to follow a very demanding sport, she never looked back.
In 2009 she won in solo the sports’ biggest powerhouse, the Russian team, while two years later she won a medal in duo. In 2012 Platanioti was part of the Greek team in the London Olympics, a moment that is still very special to her. In 2016 she competed in Rio Olympics and won the 10th position. Her dreams never stop, since she is very close to Tokyo Olympics qualification.
Evangelia Platanioti always gives her best and she is focused on constant improvement. Not only in sports, but also in her life. The 26 years old athlete studied finance and she always finds ways to express her artistic nature outside of the pool. She loves acting and other forms of art. Her vision is to actively contribute to the evolution of Greek sports, after concluding her career.
Evelina was used to tough training from a very young age
From the very first years of her life, Evelina Papazoglou realized how attracted she was to sports. She didn’t need to experiment with various sports before finding out her personal best. She got into the pool when she was 4.5 years old, inspired by her sister and fell in love with her current sport. She learned how to swim and then she focused on synchronized swimming.
Evelina, like Evangelia, learned from a very young age to have discipline. To spend many hours in training and be deprived of things that for a child at her age were considered obvious. But her love for sports always prevailed.
This love and her dedication led her in many distinctions in Greece, as well as in the fulfillment of the dream that every athlete possesses in the beginning of his/her career. To compete in Olympic Games. Evelina made it to the Rio Olympics. Tokyo appears to be the next destination of a journey that begun in a very young age, with high ideals and crystal-clear goals.
Marching together with bwin
Evangelia and Evelina were in the same sports club since they were kids. They evolved together and their love for synchronized swimming brought them close. After many common training sessions, they officially formed a team in 2014, giving birth to a new era for the Greek swimming. They competed together in Rio Olympics and they traveled in world and European competitions. The pandemic of the coronavirus begun just before they booked their tickets for the Tokyo Olympics and changed their plans. On the other hand, this period had also a positive impact since they became members of bwin’s “New generation of Olympic Medalists”.
Their new grand sponsor allows to the two champions to work undisturbed, perfectionate their training methodology and travel in training camps and competition that will help them improve even more their performance, in order to be ready for the big challenge of Tokyo. Their integration in bwin’s family, which now is composed of 15 athletes, brings the fulfillment of their dreams even closer. And when one of the biggest betting brands in the world decides to support a sports career, the mentality of the athlete is empowered.
As the president of Greek Olympic Committee stated: ” We feel great relief that a brand like bwin is standing next to Greek Olympic Committee and next to the athletes, that they need so much in desperate times like this”. A relief for the Greek Sports in general…