Chicago’s Greek Orthodox Community celebrated two-time Olympian Christina Loukas, welcoming her back home from the 2012 London Games, with a ceremony at the Annunciation Cathedral on Aug. 26. She finished eighth in the 3-meter springboard diving competition, ranking her among the best in the world, although she fell short of winning a medal.
Loukas, a native of the Chicago suburbs, also competed at the 2008 Beijing Games in China. She is a nine-time U.S. National Champion and multiple medalist in various international competition.
On behalf of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, Loukas received the Medal of Saint Paul from Metropolis Chancellor, Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos. The award is the highest honor bestowed on laypersons by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America who represent well their Orthodox Christian faith and cultural traditions.
After the services, a press conference and reception were held in the community center where friends and supporters had the chance to meet Loukas in person and take photos. Gregory Pappas, founder of the Greek America Foundation and publisher of Greek America Magazine, presented Loukas with a special honor as well.