Apostolos Mavrothalassitis


Paragliding was Apostolos' love and passion for over 20 years. He is a four time champion of Greece, and has participated in various international competitions as a member of the Greek National Team.

His final competition and final paragliding flight was in 2009 at the World Paragliding Championship in Mexico. On the final day of the competition he suffered a mid-air collision with another pilot and as a result was comatose for 12 days. In total, he spent a month and a half in intensive care where he survived against all odds. Following the best part of a year in various hospitals, he was again released to the world as a wheelchair user.

Three years since his accident he obtained the first license in Greece for a pilot with disabilities and on 2013 he became the Greek Champion of Ultralight aircrafts, not in any special category, but with the same rules as the other competiros.

Where to find Apostolos Mavrothalassitis online

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The Friend From Mexico: A True Story of Surviving an Intensive Care Unit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,690. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Near-death experiences, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Extreme sports
The author had a mid-air collision with a fellow competitor at 10,000 feet while participating in the 2009 World Paragliding Championships in Mexico, as a member of the Greek National Team. The book describes the author's near-death experience while in induced coma and the important events while in an intensive care unit and his repatriation to Greece.
The Friend From Mexico (Greek Edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,170. Language: Greek. Published: August 10, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Sports biography
Hello, my name is Apostolos and I was born again on the sixth of February 2009 in a hospital in Mexico. These are the somewhat intense memories from the first one and a half months of my new life.

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