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Vanya Gesheva for Labor, Stamina, and Faith in Victory!

- When did your sports career start?

- It began in 1973 in the 5th grade of Sport School "Vasil Levski" with the first coach Nadezhda Vasileva.

- What are the necessary and sufficient conditions to win Olympic medal?

- Work, persistance, following aims and extreme tenacity in pursuing success.

- Throughout your sports career, you have many achievments. How is this good shape maintained?

- My success is due to my personal qualities, my great dedication to sports and to the good coaches I have worked with. 

- Did you have any special rituals before going to compete? How did you prepare before each race? 

- I have no special rituals. My good training has always given me confidence before the start of the races and I had with the thought of victory.

- You are the first and only Bulgarian to win a full set of medals from one Olympic Games (in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea). For more than 30 years, this achievement has not been reached. What is it necessary for athletes today to be so successful?

- The same thing which we needed - a lot of hard work, persistance and faith in victory.

* 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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