USAW staffer Kalofonos' project: Colorado Springs could be sister city of Ancient Olympia by Tuesday

April 08, 2014, 1:59 p.m. (ET)
Photo of young wrestlers competing in Ancient Olympia last summer, as part of the Keep Olympic Wrestling effort courtesy of FILA. Colorado Springs and Ancient Olympia could be sister cities within a week.

By Joe Paisley, Colorado Springs Gazette

By Tuesday, Ancient Olympia and Colorado Springs could be sister cities.

Two Greek delegates are in the area through Thursday intending to make the first step in a relationship that could benefit the area's colleges, the U.S. Olympic movement and tourism.

A vote on a resolution is on Tuesday's agenda for the City Council. The delegates are Ancient Olympia vice mayor Aristideis Panagiotopoulos and Dionyssis S. Gangas, director of the International Olympic Academy, the academic arm of the International Olympic Committee that promotes Olympic ideals.

IOA representative Harris Kalofonos (USA Wrestling's Manager of Development) initiated the move last summer. The area resident came up with the idea while working for USA Wrestling during a June 2013 exhibition in Ancient Olympia that helped convince International Olympic Committee voters to keep the sport in the Summer Games.

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