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Angelina Mihaylova: Without understanding one team can not be successful

- What attracted you to basketball?

- I accidentally started training. I liked the collective ball game. The pursuit of improvement and of course the pleasure of winning!

- You won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia in 1980. What are your memories of then?

- I remember the mood of the whole team. As a participant for the first time in the Olympic Games I can still remember the incredible organization. How we were met, the opening and the closing ceremony. The overall positive atmosphere and the sporting spirit were a driving factor in the quest for winning each match and seeking a medal.

- How is a successful team build?

- Only the team in which unity, collectivism and understanding rule can become successful. Basketball is an intelligent game. To be successful, you need to have many personal qualities. The ambition and the desire of each competitor to do the best for the team are crucial.

- How does the audience contriburte to good team play?

- The audience has always been the sixth player in one team. Good mood always helps for a relaxed and beautiful game. The support of the audience inevitably forces you to show the best you can - giving you wings!

- What are the advantages of basketball? Why should one be playing it?

- Like every collective sport, the qualities that basketball develops are complex. Tolerance, agility, rapid decision-making and judgment, discipline, organization, interaction, coordination, understanding, foresight are only some of the qualities that a good competitor develops and should have. These qualities, respectively, build valuable and successful personalities in the future. Sport is for health and positive emotions. It builds people, and creates contacts.

 The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".

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