Christina Loukas finished second on the 3-meter springboard diving trials to grab a spot on her second straight Olympic team.
The Greek community of Illinois is going to be very well-represented by Riverwood’s Christina Loukas in the upcoming Olympics in London.
Loukas is known internationally as the best American female medal contender and has been steadily moving up in the international rankings, according to SI.com. She won eighth place in the 2009 World Championship and moved up to fourth place in 2011.
The 25-year-old is one of the oldest members on the U.S. National Team and brings years of experience to the table. Not only has she won nine senior national titles, but she has also earned such accolades as 2009 NCAA Diver of the Year, 2009 NCAA 3M Champion and Four-Time Big Ten Diver of the Year.
She began competing at the world level in 2008. Loukas became the reigning U.S. Olympic trials champion that year and then went on to compete in the Beijing Olympics where she placed ninth.
Christina comes from an athletic Greek-American family. Her father, George, played football at Southern Illinois, while Angelo Loukas played football for Northwestern. Christina’s parents, George and Patty Loukas, sensed her agile athletic prowess early on, when she’d do flips off the couch. She was enrolled in gymnastics when she was three years old and competed for about ten years till she decided to set her focus on diving. Her father is also the owner of the famed “Cubby Bear” by Wrigley Field, and other successful establishments in Illinois.
The Greek-American community is thrilled with Christina’s success as a two-time Olympian and Greeks all around the world are anxiously waiting to admire Christina’s talent (once again) in the upcoming Olympics.