Competing at an Olympic Games is virtually every swimmer’s dream come true and former Alabama swimmer Kristel Vourna had thought her dream was realized for a 2nd time.
Having already competed for her native country Greece at the 2012 Olympic Games, finishing 12th in the 100m butterfly, Vourna was recently given an invitation by swimming’s world governing body, FINA, to compete for Greece once again, this time around in Rio. However, just 8 days later on July 14th, FINA told Vourna that the invitation was an ‘administrative error’ and the 24-year-old’s Olympic Games invitation was a mistake.
Dimitris Diathesopoulos, head of the Greek Swimming Federation, voiced his dissatisfaction with his swimmer’s situation, stating, “an athlete’s biggest dream is to take part in the Olympic Games. No one can retract such a thing. It is unforgivable and it can ruin the soul and the vision of an athlete.”
For Vourna, the swimmer is quoted as saying, “Unfortunately people’s mistakes are always paid by other people.”
Vourna swam at the University of Alabama from 2011 to 2015, redshirting 2013-14 due to injury. She is the Greek national record holder in the women’s 50m and 100m butterfly events.