Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has congratulated Eleftheria Tosiou, who has a disability, for making her dream of climbing Mount Olympus come true.
“It was a fantastic idea and we are very happy you implemented it,” the Prime Minister can be heard saying during a special video conference last night.
Eleftheria’s dream was made possible with the help of long-distance runner, Marios Giannakou, who carried Eleftheria on his back as they climbed Greece’s highest point.
“There is nothing more real than the dream,” Giannakou wrote on Instagram, as they reached Mytikas, the peak of the Mountain of the Gods, at 9:02 local time.
The successful expedition means that Eleftheria is now the first person with a disability to see Greece from its highest point, according to Giannakou.
Eleftheria only met Giannakou last week, where she expressed to him her desire to climb to the highest peak of Olympus, a route the athlete has already completed 50 times successfully.
Giannakou quickly checked his schedule, studied the meteorological forecasts and organised the appropriate support team for the project.
On the day, Eleftheria was attached to a specially modified backpack which Giannakou carried on his back throughout the climb, while his team tied him and secured him on the rocks.
The climb took more than 10 hours.