King Constantine: 50th Anniversary of Winning an Olympic Games Gold Medal for Greece
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 04 June 2011

In May 2011, Greece recalled the 1960 Rome Olympics when King Constantine II, then Crown Prince of Greece, won a Gold Medal for the Greek nation. The video clip below shows The King at the victory in 1960, and then recalling the occasion at a regatta organised by The Yacht Club of Greece in May at Falirus Bay. 

s Crown Prince of Greece, King of the Hellenes served in all the three Greek armed services, attending all  the appropriate  military academies.

He also attended the NATO Air Force Special Weapons School in Germany, as well as the Athens University where he undertook courses at the law school.

As a young man, Crown Prince Constantine was a keen sportsman.


In 1960, at the age of 20, he competed in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, winning a gold medal in sailing (Dragon Class). He was also a strong swimmer and has a black belt in karate, with interests in squash, track events and riding.

...50th Anniversary Regatta...

The Yacht Club of Greece organized a sailing weekend in celebration of the 50th anniversary of winning the first gold medal in Sailing (Dragon Class), at the Rome Olympic Games and to honour His Majesty King Constantine and his crew, Georgios Zaimis and Odysseas Eskitzoglou for their achievement.

On May 21st, King Constantine participated in a unique regatta of classic boats, which took place at Falirus Bay. Many people had the opportunity to see at sea, dozens of boats from the Club's facilities, ranging from 30 to 100 years old.

On May 22nd, King Constantine and his crew participated in a Dragon class Regatta in order to revive the Rome triumph.

On the same night the Yacht Club honoured their contribution in sailing by presenting them with commemorative awards.