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Christina TSOUKALA
Sport Water Polo
NOC Greece   
GenderWomen
Born08 Jul 1991 in Athens, GRE
Height1.84 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Christos Afroudakis
Languages
English, Greek
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing water polo in 2003 in Athens, Greece.
Why this sport?
"At an early age, playing in the water was my first love, both in the pool and sea. I took up water polo at age 11 and before that I did synchronised swimming which I could not continue due to a heart problem. Nothing serious really, but my parents and specifically my father did not want me to hold breath under water for a long time. My older brother was already playing water polo, and so I chose to follow in his footsteps."
General Interest
Nicknames
Tsouk (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Hero / Idol
Greek water polo players Antigoni Roumpesi and Evangelia Moraitidou. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Injuries
She injured her left shoulder in September 2015. (sentragoal.gr, 19 Sep 2015)

In September 2012 she had surgery on her right hand to repair a tendon. (pisina.net, 13 Sep 2012)
Famous relatives
Her partner Christos Afroudakis represented Greece in water polo at four consecutive editions of the Olympic Games from 2004 to 2016. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Aug 2021; Instagram profile, 29 Aug 2021; olympic.org, 12 Aug 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from the sport in August 2021. "A new cycle of my life begins and another very important one closes. I made the decision, after a very successful year with my club Olympiacos, to retire from water polo. I have had countless intense moments of emotion, joy, sadness, excitement, disappointment, but a full experience that I would not change for anything in the world. I did not expect water polo to become such an important part of my life. I want to thank everyone who stood by me during this long journey." (Instagram profile, 29 Aug 2021; sport24.gr, 29 Aug 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2008 Beijing, CHN Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
7 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
4 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
2 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
5 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
2 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
2 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team