Student Competes at Winter Olympics for Cyprus Ski TeamBy Ben Reis
Alexis Photiades '91, a graduate student in the Sloan School of Management, is currently in Albertville, France racing for the Cyprus Olympic Ski Team. He will compete in the men's slalom, the giant slalom, and the super giant slalom. This is the 24-year-old Photiades's third Winter Olympics as a member of the Cyprus Ski Team.
Photiades has also represented Cyprus in tennis at the last two Summer Olympics.
Born in Cyprus, Photiades came to MIT as an undergraduate in 1987 after serving two years in the Cypriot army. He has been a member of the MIT ski team since his sophomore year.
According to Eliot Young G, coach of the MIT ski team, "Photiades has come on strong this season." With an excellent finish at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division Two Eastern Championships on Feb. 2, Photiades qualified to compete in the All-East Honors, said Young. Photiades will not be able to compete in the All-East Honors event because of the Olympics, Young said.
Young hopes Photiades will finish in the top 40 in the Olympic slalom events. "He is a downhill skier, so if he comes in 5 or 6 seconds out, that's pretty respectable," he said.
Photiades has also competed in the Vail World Ski Championships for Cyprus.
Excels in tennis
Photiades has also played on MIT's tennis team since his undergraduate years here. Men's tennis coach Jeffrey Hamilton referred to Photiades as "Mr. Everything."
"He was number one on the tennis team his last two years, as well as an Academic All-American for his last two years," Hamilton said. Photiades was also a tennis All-American in his senior year, and has ranked ninth in the country in men's tennis singles.
Photiades has been invited to try out for the Cypriot Davis Cup tennis team.
"Alexis is one of the nicest people that I've met," Hamilton said. "The most remarkable thing about him is his humility. None of his success has gone to his head," he said.
Photiades' sister, a graduate of Boston University, is also an Olympic athlete for Cyprus and is with her brother in Albertville.