Michael Panayiotis Voudouris of Greece…

Michael Panayiotis Voudouris of Greece starts his run during a training heat for the men’s ‘skeleton’ event at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah, on Sunday. The 41-year-old holds dual Greek-US nationality and is an emergency medical technician who took part in the World Trade Center rescue effort. He is Greece’s only entry in the event and will compete in tomorrow’s finals. He took the dare, became hooked and six years later, Voudouris is competing in the breakneck-speed discipline, where sliders hurl themselves down the serpentine head-first on their stomachs at speeds of over 80 mph (130 kph).

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