By DEREK GATOPOULOS and THEODORA TONGAS, Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Before she could join sailing classes near her home in Athens, Sofia Bekatorou had to show an instructor she could tie a basic knot properly. Passing the test at age 8 changed her life.
Bekatorou spent her first afternoons in a bathtub-sized sailboat stuck in circles, but coaches took note of the girl’s determination. By her 12th birthday, she was outperforming the boys in competitive races and on a path to winning gold medals as a world champion and at the Olympics.
But the most successful woman in modern Greece’s sporting history revealed in January that an incident almost 23 years ago had marred much of her personal happiness and professional career — an alleged sexual assault by a Greek sailing federation official at a hotel in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Her disclosure was made at a little-advertised online sports seminar, but it gained national attention and elicited statements of support for…
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