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Yianna Angelopoulou: "I am ready to help my country in case it needs me"

25 July 2012 / 12:07:29  GRReporter
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Yianna Angelopoulou says she hasn’t changed over time. Of course, this does not include the inevitable experience and wisdom, weighing down on your shoulders when you're almost 57. For example, she is still repulsed by "those, who think they are above everything and believe that everybody owes them something. Nobody owes you anything. You owe it to yourself, to your family, to your country". She knows that when she is speaking, most of the people are listening. But this happens only when she is there. When she is away, anyone you ask about Yianna Angelopoulou, will laugh. Out of embarrassment, envy, admiration, hatred, admiration.

Where did Mrs. A get lost? And more importantly, what is she planning? Answers to these questions are provided by a comprehensive article in the magazine Vimagazino.

"How did I beat the illness"

One case will seriously shake her and will change her life's philosophy. Four months after the Olympic Games in Athens and while relaxing with her family in their house in the winter resort of Gstaad, Yianna Angelopoulou faced her own mortality for the first time. According to some publications of that time, she suffers from an "Olympic fatigue." In fact, as she herself admits for the first time before Vimagazino, this is a serious health problem. "Then I said to myself for the first time:"You managed to handle everything and you are now facing the risk of being on the way out." Yianna Angelopoulou has fought the disease "the way millions of people do every day." She has overcome it, but she refuses to forget it: "I want to remember it and it hurts when I recall it", she says in a moment of confession.

Eight years after the Olympic Games in 2004, Yianna Angelopoulou keeps saying that some people still do not consider her a normal person. She quickly points out that she is "a normal mother from the Mediterranean region”, who, though a bit later, has learned to cook for the children (speaking of the time, when they are already students). Among her specialties, she mentions salad dressings, fillet chicken flambe with ground green pepper, hand-made mashed potatoes, oven baked pasta Rigatoni with three sausages and four types of cheese, and a recipe from her native Crete - snails with potatoes, which, however, only her daughter Carolina likes.

Yianna and SYRIZA

After the long self-exile "the first lady" of the Athens Olympic Games has returned to the spotlight initially with her appearance next to Bill Clinton, at a presentation of Harvard University, where she said that the "key" to solving the crisis in Greece is the emergence of a new generation of political leaders. After this, the baton was passed to publications according to which she is linked to an American consulting firm that had taken SYRIZA’s campaign before the elections on 17 June. The theory coincides very well with certain publications of her firstborn son Panagiotis Angelopoulos in left-oriented media, such as Athens voice and the web site REDNotebook. In a letter to Dimokratia newspaper, which published the original article, Yianna Angelopoulou attributes the scenarios that she has financed the campaign of the radical Left, to the side effects of the heat.

At the same time, there are more and more rumours about the financial situation of her husband, Theodoros Angelopoulos, whose business was anyway affected by the international economic crisis. According to publications in specialized journals, lately he has been selling many of his ships in order to compensate for the loss of the Swiss bank UBS, since he holds 6-8 per cent of its shares. Now his interest is directed towards the purchase of oil platforms, which are considered as one of the most expensive investments in the shipping business.

Surely, no one is able to know what exactly the famous couple is cooking up. Yianna is still dispelling skillfully the rumours with statements like this in Vimagazino: "I want to do things, but Greece doesn’t let me accomplish them. So I have turned to foreign countries. Because I have found "hives" there which literally "absorb" people considered to have a great desire to do different things. But if something happens and my country needs me, I will be here and this is something I am saying without hesitation."

Tags: Celebrities Yianna Angelopoulou Olympics 2004 SYRIZA shipping business
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