In many ways you have to feel for the blond bombshell triple jumper from Greece. Voula Papachristou (photos below) is a world class athlete who won the right fair and square to participate in Olympics in her sport, the triple jump. She threw the chance away because of a decision by her Olympic body after insensitive Tweets from her Twitter account became public.
You can see in the video below why the sporting world has already taken notice of the young hottie from Greece. She has a killer smile and platinum blond hair to go with her fit, athletic body. But what you don’t learn from superficial pictures of women is what is going on inside their minds that can get them booted off of an Olympic team. And we are not here to slam her but simply tell her story so our readers can make up their own minds.
Biography: was born April 17, 1989, so she just turned 23 years old this year. She is at the height of her athletic ability and was poised to enter her first Olympics games in London. Previously she competed annually at the World Championships beginning in 2009. At the 2008 World Junior Championships she won the bronze medal and gold at the European U23 Championships the following year and again in 2011. You can see in the photo that she is wearing a diamond engagement ring, and one of the pictures is with her boyfriend or husband.
She is obviously photogenic and likes to pose for the cameras in her polished pink toenails and body jewelry. Voula does not appear to have any body piercings and she does not do much modeling so her measurements, weight, height and such are not public information.
You can find Voula’s fan Facebook page right here which is not what generated the negative publicity but is worth a visit because of the biographical information there and awesome collection of pics. To me she has stunning looks with attention getting hair contrasted with her gorgeous dark eyes, not the typical California beach babe with the blue twinkles.
Her Twitter page is here, which naturally is written in her native Greek language so you will not be able to read most of what is written there. One of her many apologies for what she said is in English, however: “I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account.” Click through the link there to see the full apology which seems heartfelt but unfortunately was too late.
So finally, what did Voula Papachristou actually say that caused such a fuss as to get her kicked off the Greek national team? She tweeted a comment after reports of a West Nile virus outbreak, “With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting some food!!!”
Ouch. Very tactless, and perhaps even racist. It’s hard to tell except that there are other retweets on her account over the month that encourage her followers to watch videos that support a right wing extremist candidate in Greek elections named Golden Dawn. And maybe the pictures of guns don’t help her cause either. I guess the Greek team put it all together and finally issued a statement issued to the media which indicated that Voula was “placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement.”
That’s a stiff penalty for anyone to endure who supports lawful political candidates, no matter how extreme, and then made one very bad tweet. I am curious about reader opinions after you enlarge the pics and watch the video. Did Voula Papachristou deserve her fate?
Update July 26th, 2012: She issued a long and heartfelt statement to Reuters which reads in part “I have not slept at all and to be honest I am still trying to come to terms with what has happened. I am trying to stay calm otherwise I would lose control … They went straight to the final stage in excluding me from the team, which was highly excessive.”