|5 Feb 2023|
|Written by Effie Delimarkos|
ACS Athens alumnus AJ Ginnis (Alexandros Ioannis Ginnis) made history TWICE in France in as many weeks when he became the first Greek skier to medal at the World Cup Slalom at two events, in Chamonix and in Courchevel.
After a substandard first run in Chamonix, Ginnis bounced back with a legendary second run to clinch the silver medal. The 28 year-old skier could not contain his enthusiasm when he realized his history-making run secured the silver medal leaping over a barrier to celebrate with his team and coaches.
Speaking to the Greek newspaper Proto Thema, Ginnis said he was honored to represent Greece and enthusiastic in encouraging youngsters in Greece interested in skiing and winter sports. The message was particularly timely as snowstorm ‘Barbara’ blanketed much of Greece this weekend inspiring many to take to hills and slopes for some winter fun.
“This is a dream for me - for a kid that grew up in Glyfada, in Vouliagmeni, and now on the slopes of Chamonix, to come in second at the World Cup, which is being hosted in France,” Ginnis said. “It is a dream for all the children out there skiing in Greece - you can do it, there is hope. And yes, I am the luckiest person in the world that I am able to wear our colors at this championship.”
This victory is even sweeter considering that Ginnis has overcome injuries and six surgeries on his way to his history-making run, but this weekend’s performance has put him on a triumphant path.
AJ Ginnis and his teammates remain focused on finishing this season strong with an ultimate goal of making history again in the 2026 Olympic Games in Italy.
"We are very proud of our ACS Athens alumnus AJ Ginnis for this grand achievement,” said Dr. Peggy Pelonis, ACS Athens President. “He has always been a dedicated, hardworking and determined athlete. Well deserved. Congratulations!"
We speak for ACS Athens alumni worldwide in saying we look forward to cheering him on!
See his history-making run on EurosportGR’s Facebook page.
AJ Ginnis as he appeared in a two-page dedication in the Fall 2009 edition of ETHOS Magazine.
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