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Konstantinos GENIDOUNIAS
Sport Water Polo
NOC Greece   
GenderMen
Born03 May 1993 in Athens, GRE
Height1.82 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Athens, GRE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Greek
Higher education
Communications - University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at around age seven.
Why this sport?
He was influenced by his older brother.
Club / Team
Olympiacos Piraeus: Greece
Name of coach
Thodoris Vlachos [club, national], GRE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Driver
Handedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Greece
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His parents. (nou-pou.gr, 19 Aug 2021)
Injuries
He missed five weeks of the 2011/12 US college season with a broken finger. (dailytrojan.com, 10 Sep 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't like to lose, and I want to prove that by winning." (conquestchronicles.com, 24 Oct 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] of the Final Eight at the 2020/21 Greek Water Polo Cup. (total-waterpolo.com, 24 May 2021; kanaliena.gr, 23 May 2021)

While representing the University of Southern California [USC], he received the 2015 Peter J. Cutino Award, the highest honour in US collegiate water polo. (usctrojans.com, 07 Jun 2015)

He was named the 2014 National Player of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches in the United States of America for his performances for the University of Southern California. (usctrojans.com, 03 Feb 2015)

He was named the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation [MPSF] Player of the Year in the United States of America. (mpsports.org, 25 Nov 2014)
Milestones
He was part of the team that won Greece's first Olympic men's water polo medal when they claimed silver at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Dec 2021; total-waterpolo.com, 06 Aug 2021)
Other information
AMERICAN DREAM
He attended the American Community School of Athens in Greece as a teenager, and dreamed of attending college in the United States of America at the University of Southern California [USC] on a water polo scholarship. He was initially overlooked by USC coach Jovan Vavic, but after a breakout performance at the 2010 European Youth Championships in Germany, where he was named tournament MVP, he caught Vavic's attention and was offered a scholarship to USC the following academic year. "Living in Greece, I always had the idea of studying abroad so I went online and saw that USC had the best water polo team. I immediately wanted to go there." (dailytrojan.com, 10 Sep 2012; conquestchronicles.com, 24 Oct 2013; dailytrojan.com, 05 Nov 2014)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2022 Budapest, HUN Team  
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
4 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
5 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
4 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team