Spyridon Louis was born on January 12, 1873 in Marousi, Greece. 
Spyridon attended the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. He competed in the marathon. He was not favored to win this event, for he had only placed 5th in the Greek trials. He, however, came away with the gold medal in the marathon and was Greece's only 1st place finish in a track and field event at the 1896 Olympics. 
After the Olympics, Spyridon did not race again and stayed out of the spotlight. He was, however, a guest of honor at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.  Here Spyridon described the moment after winning the marathon:
"That hour was something unimaginable and it still appears to me in my memory like a dream. People were calling my name. Twigs and flowers were raining down on me. Everybody was calling out my name and throwing their hats in the air."
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