Youth Center Plovdiv http://youthcenter.local Община Пловдив Nikolay Buhalov - Canoeing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/539 <p>Born on 20.03.1967 in Karlovo</p> <p>Nikolay Buhalov is the first and only Bulgarian athlete to win two gold medals at a single Olympic Games in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain (at C1 &ndash; 500 m and 1,000 m). He is bronze medalist from the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, at C1 &ndash; 1,000 m. Buhalov participated in a total of four Olympiads in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000.</p> <p>Buhalov is a two-time winner of the Canoe World Cup &ndash; upon the establishment of the Cup in 1993 and in 1995. He became part of the national men&rsquo;s team in 1986. His first participation in the World Men&rsquo;s Championship was in 1986 in Montreal, where he ranked third with canoe at 500 meters. His first World Cup title was in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1993, when he won at C1 &ndash; 500 m. He is the only Bulgarian canoe champion for men from all championships under the aegis of the ICF and the ECA.</p> <p>His wins from world championships are as follows: in 1993 &ndash; champion from Copenhagen, Denmark, at C1 &ndash; 500 m; in 1994 &ndash; Mexico City, Mexico, at C1 &ndash; 200 m and 500 m; in 1995 &ndash; Duisburg, Germany, at C1 &ndash; 200 m and 500 m; in 1991 &ndash; World Vice Champion from Paris, France, at C1 &ndash; 500 m and 1,000 m; in 1994 &ndash; Mexico City, Mexico, at C1 &ndash; 1,000 m; 6 bronze medals: in 1986 from Montreal, Canada, at C1 &ndash; 500 m; in 1989 from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, at C4 &ndash; 1,000 m; in 1990 from Poznan, Poland, at C1 &ndash; 500 m, C4 &ndash; 500 m and C4 &ndash; 1,000 m; in 1991 from Paris, France, at C4 &ndash; 1,000 m. Nikolay Buhalov&rsquo;s wins from European championships are as follows: in 1997 &ndash; Plovdiv, Bulgaria, win at C1 &ndash; 500 m and silver medal at C &ndash; 1,000 m; in 2000 &ndash; Poznan, Poland, bronze medal at C1 &ndash; 500 m.</p> <p>Buhalov was attracted to canoeing by the coach. Georgi Uchkunov and started training in the Trakiya Army Sports Society in 1980. He graduated from the Vasil Levski Sports School in Plovdiv. Between 1986 and 2004 he won 31 (24 gold, 6 silver, 1 bronze) medals from state championships, 14 (6 gold, 2 silver, 6 bronze) from World Championships and 3 (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) from European championships.</p> <p>Nikolay Buhalov is the best Bulgarian canoe competitor of the twentieth century. He was ranked Bulgaria&rsquo;s No 1 Athlete in 1992 and Bulgaria&rsquo;s No 2 Athlete in 1994 and 1995, and was part of the Top 10 Bulgaria&rsquo;s Best Athletes in 1991, 1993 and 1997. He has been honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 1992. Buhalov graduated from the National Sports Academy. In the period from 2003 until 2008 and in 2014 he was coach of the national team and Head of the Canoe Division. He is also Town councilor, President of the Trakiya Canoe-Kayak Sports Club and the face of Bulgaria during applications for hosting of large championships in Plovdiv.</p> Vanya Gesheva - Canoe http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/540 <p>Born on 06.07.1960 in Bestovitsa, Plovdiv District</p> <p>Vanya Gesheva is the first and only Bulgarian athlete to win a full set of medals at a single Olympic Games &ndash; gold medal at K1 &ndash; 500 m, silver medal at K2 &ndash; 500 m, and bronze medal at K4 &ndash; 500 m in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. Gesheva is the first Bulgarian woman with an Olympic medal in canoe-kayak &ndash; silver from Moscow, Russia, in 1980 in the single kayak.</p> <p>Her rankings in World Championships are as follows: Sofia, Bulgaria, 1977 &ndash; third place at K2 &ndash; 500 m; Belgrade, Serbia, 1978 &ndash; second place at K4 &ndash; 500 m; Tampere, Finland, 1983 &ndash; second place at K1 &ndash; 500 m and sixth place at K4 &ndash; 500; Mechelen, Belgium, 1985 &ndash; sixth place at K1 &ndash; 500 m and fourth place at K2 &ndash; 500 m; Montreal, Canada, 1986 &ndash; first place at K1 &ndash; 500 m, third place at K2 &ndash; 500 m and fourth place at K4 &ndash; 500 m.</p> <p>&nbsp;At the age of twelve, she was admitted to the Vasil Levski Sports School in the Canoe-Kayak specialty. Nadezhda Vasileva had drawn her into the sport of rowing. At the age of 15, she won her first title in the Women&rsquo;s Championship. She became champion at kayak double with Milka Asenova. Her first win in a big competition is from 1977 at the World Championship in Pancharevo, Bulgaria &ndash; a bronze medal at double kayak with Iliyana Nikolova. Gesheva has won 4 medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) from Olympic Games and 5 medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze) from World Championships. She has also won 9 awards from other big competitions. In the years, during which she competed, no European championships were held. Since her appearance in state championships in 1975 to the end of her career in 1988, she has won 25 medals (19 gold, 5 bronze, 1 silver). Between 1978 and 1988, she had no losses in the national championship with single kayak. Between 1972 and 1984, Gesheva competed for the Trakiya Army Sports Society. In 1985 she moved to the team of Levski-Spartak.</p> <p>After ending her sports career in 1989, Gesheva started working in the Ministry of Interior. She is member of the Executive Board of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee, Chairman of the Bulgarian Association of Olympic Athletes and Chairperson of the Levski Sofia Canoe-Kayak Club. From 1989 until 2009 and since 2014 she has been in the management of the Bulgarian Canoe-Kayak Federation. Between 2009 and 2011, Gesheva was a member of the Board of Directors of the European Canoe Association (ECA). Vanya Gesheva was ranked Bulgaria&rsquo;s No 2 Athlete in 1988 and has been an honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2001.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Lubomir Lyubenov - Canoeing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/541 <p>Born on 26.08.1957 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Lyubomir Lyubenov began training in 1972 and immediately won a bronze medal from the State Championship for teenagers. The person, who attracted him to canoeing, was Vidyo Chipilski, who during his career remained his only coach. He became part of the national team in 1975. Days after his eighteenth birthday, he won the racing at C1 &ndash; 500 m at the 1975 State Men&rsquo;s Championship in Pancharevo, Bulgaria.</p> <p>Lyubenov competed for the Trakiya Army Sports Society. For the period from 1976 until 1977 he competed for the team of CSKA, where he was serving as soldier. His first major championship was the 1977 World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria, during which he was competing in pairs with Borislav Ananiev. They finished fifth at 1,000 m and eighth at 500 m. A year later, Lyubenov became world champion with single boat (C1 &ndash; 500 m) at the Championship in Belgrade, Serbia. This was the first title for Bulgaria in the canoe discipline. From the 1979 Men&rsquo;s and Women&rsquo;s World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, Lyubenov returned with a silver medal at single canoe at 1,000 m and with bronze at 500 m.</p> <p>The 1980 Olympics in Moscow, Russia, were the pinnacle of his career. On 01.08.1980 he won silver medal at C1 &ndash; 500 m and a day later became a champion at C1 &ndash; 1,000 m. Thus, the Plovdiv citizen became the second Bulgarian after the gymnast Stoyan Delchev, who had won two medals at a single Olympic Games. He is also Bulgaria&rsquo;s first and only athlete to win gold and silver medals from Olympic Games. The title in Moscow, Russia, was the first for Bulgaria in the history of canoeing. Lyubenov was ranked Bulgaria&rsquo;s No 1 Athlete for 1980. In 1981 he won his last World Cup award &ndash; a bronze medal at double canoe at 500 m with Sevdalin Ilkov. Lyubomir Lyubenov has been honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2001.</p> Peter Merkov - Kayak http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/542 <p>Born on 03.09.1976 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Petar Merkov is one of the eight Bulgarians (7 of them from Plovdiv), who have won more than one medal from the same Olympic Games (together with Stoyan Delchev, Lyubomir Lyubenov, Vanya Gesheva, Diyana Paliyska, Nikolay Buhalov, Yordan Yovchev and Mariya Grozdeva). Merkov is two-time Olympic vice champion at single kayak at 500 m and at 1,000 m in Sydney, Australia, in 2000, with fifth place at K4 &ndash; 1,000 m in the same kayak. In 2004, in Athens, Greece, he was fourth at four-person team. He is a world Junior Champion at K1 &ndash; 500 m from Milan, Italy in 1999. At the World Championship in Seville, Spain, in 2003 he won a silver medal at K1 &ndash; 500 m and a bronze medal at K4 &ndash; 1,000 m. Merkov is European Champion at K1 &ndash; 500 m (1999) and vice-champion at K4 &ndash; 500 m and 1,000 m and at K4 &ndash; 1,000 m. At the European Championship in Poznań, Poland, in 2000 he won three medals: silver at K1 &ndash; 1,000 m, bronze at K1 &ndash; 500 m and K4 &ndash; 1,000 m. He is also European Champion at K1 &ndash; 500 m from Szeged, Hungary, in 2002, with a bronze medal at K4 &ndash; 1,000 m.</p> <p>Petar Merkov graduated from the Vasil Levski Sports School and Paisii Hilendarski Plovdiv University. He competed for the team of Trakiya until 2004, after which he was transferred to Levski-Spartak. His first coach was Marin Marinov.</p> <p>In 2010 he became senior coach of the National Canoe-Kayak Team. He has also been honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2000.</p> Bozhidar Milenkov - Kayak http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/543 <p>Born on 01.12.1954 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Bozhidar Milenkov participated in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, where he was ranked 7 in K4 1000 m and in Moscow, Russia in 1980, where he won a bronze medal at K4 &ndash; 1,000 m. His World Championships are as follows: 1977 in Sofia &ndash; fifth place at K2 &ndash; 500 m; 1978 in Belgrade, Serbia &ndash; fifth place at K4 &ndash; 500 m and sixth place at K4 &ndash; 1,000 m; 1979 in Duisburg, Germany &ndash; sixth place at K4 &ndash; 500m.</p> <p>Milenkov started practicing kayak under Georgi Uchkunov in 1966. He competed until 1985 for the team of Trakiya (Plovdiv). Milenkov is Republican champion from various kayak disciplines.</p> <p>Milenkov graduated from the National Sports Academy. For many years he was member of the national team of Bulgaria. He ended his sports career in 1985, after which he became coach in the team of Trakiya (Plovdiv). He is engaged as a coach of the Junior National Team and as assistant-coach in the national team of Bulgaria. Bozhidar Milenkov also trains several Olympic medalists &ndash; Vanya Gesheva, Diyana Paliyska, Ognyana Petrova and others.</p> Nikolay Ilkov - Canoe http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/544 <p>Born on 21.02.1955 in Plovdiv</p> <p>At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia, Nikolay Ilkov ranked third at C2 &ndash; 500 m. His World Championship rankings are as follows: 1975 in Belgrade, Serbia &ndash; fourth place at C1 &ndash; 10,000 m; 1977 in Sofia, Bulgaria &ndash; fourth place at C1 &ndash; 1,000 m and C1 &ndash; 10,000 m; 1978 in Belgrade, Serbia &ndash; fourth place at C1 &ndash; 10,000 m and fifth place at C1 &ndash; 1,000 m; 1979 in Duisburg, Germany &ndash; sixth place at C1 &ndash; 10,000 m; 1983 in Tampere, Finland &ndash; fifth place at C1 &ndash; 10,000 m.</p> <p>Ilkov started training canoeing in 1969 under the coach Angel Arnaudov. He competed for the team of Trakiya Plovdiv from 1971 until 1976, for the team of Akademik Sofia from 1977 until 1982 and for the team of Levski-Spartak from 1983 until 1984. His active sports career ended in 1985. From 1986 until 1989 he was coach of the team of Levski-Spartak, as well as a coach of the national team. After 1989 he ended his coaching career.</p> <p>Nikolay Ilkov graduated from the National Sports Academy. His brother, Sevdalin Ilkov, is world kayak champion.</p> Diana Paliyska-Radeva - Kayak http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/545 <p>Born on 20.08.1966 in Plovdiv</p> <p>At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Diyana Paliyska-Radeva won a silver medal at K2 &ndash; 500 m and a bronze medal at K4 &ndash; 500 m.</p> <p>At the World Championship in 1985 in Mechelen, Belgium, she took fourth place at K2 &ndash; 500 m. She is also a world bronze medalist from 1986 in Montreal, Canada, at K2 &ndash; 500 m, where she also took fourth place at K4 &ndash; 500 m.</p> <p>Paliyska-Radeva graduated from the Vasil Levski Sports School. She began practicing kayaking in 1978 under Nadezhda Vasileva. Her top achievements were reached with the coach Bozhidar Milenkov, with whom she has been working since 1985. As a national competitor she was partnered with Vanya Gesheva at pair and at four-person team.</p> <p>Diyana Paliyska-Radeva was named Number 1 Athlete of the Trakiya Army Sports Society and is Bulgaria&rsquo;s number ten athlete for 1988. She ended her sports career in 1990.</p> Ognyana Petrova (Dusheva) – Kayak http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/546 <p>Born on 20.12.1964 in Svilengrad</p> <p>Ognyana Dusheva won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, at K4 &ndash; 500 m. In 1984 at the Berlin Olympics in Germany, she ranked fourth at K2 with Ivanka Badalska and fifth at K4 &ndash; 500 m. At the 1987 World Championship in Duisburg, Germany, she won a bronze medal at K2 &ndash; 500 m and ranked fourth at K4 &ndash; 500 m. She is also winner of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee Cup for Best Kayaker from 1987.</p> <p>Dusheva started training kayaking in 1976 at the Trakiya Army Sports Society. She graduated from the Vasil Levski National Sports Academy. In 1980 she became part of the national youth team. In the period from 1981 until 1986 she was invariably part of the first six at World Championships.</p> <p>In 1992 Dusheva ended her active sports career. She and her husband, the kayaker Adriyan Dushev, have a son and daughter &ndash; both national kayak contestants.</p> <p>From 2002 until 2007, Ognyana Dusheva was a teacher at the Sv. Konstantin-Kiril Filosof Secondary School in Plovdiv. From 2008 until 2011, she was a coach in Turkey, and her competitor won a European title in Zagreb, Croatia, at K1 &ndash; 200 m. She continued her new career in Iran and in 2012 won a silver medal at the World Cup during new women&rsquo;s canoe competition. At the 2013-2014 Southeast Asian Games Dusheva was the coach of the Thai national team, which won 10 medals (5 of which gold) and was ranked first for medals in the team rankings. In 2015 she was a coach in Shanghai, China, and in the National Games of the country ranked sixth at C1 &ndash; 200 m (the biggest success for this province). She also achieved high scores with the Philippine team in 2016 at the World Youth Championship. Since 2017 Dusheva has been a coach of Para Canoe Team in Germany, Saxony-Anhalt Province, which won a bronze medal at the European Championship in Belgrade, Serbia in 2018, at canoe-kayak VL3 discipline, as well as fourth place at KL2. Ognyana Dusheva is also an international canoe-kayak judge.</p> Blagovest Stoyanov -Canoe http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/547 <p>Born on 21.03.1968 in Plovdiv</p> <p>At the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games Blagovest Stoyanov won a bronze medal at C2 &ndash; 500 m and took sixth place at C2 &ndash; 1,000 m. In 1996, in Atlanta, USA, he took fourth place at C2 &ndash; 1,000 m and fifth place at C2 &ndash; 500 m.</p> <p>At the 1993 World Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark, Stoyanov won sixth place at C2 &ndash; 500 m; in 1994 in Mexico City, Mexico he won a bronze medal at C2 &ndash; 500 m and sixth place at C2 &ndash; 200 m; in 1995 in Duisburg, Germany, he was bronze medalist at C2 &ndash; 200 m, and took fifth place at C2 &ndash; 500 m and sixth at C2 &ndash; 1,000 m.</p> <p>Stoyanov started practicing canoeing in 1981 under Lyuben Drandarov and from 1990 until 1998 he trained with Filip Duhovnikov. Since his admission to the Vasil Levski Sports School until 1987 he trained with the Asenovets team and for the next two years he served his military service in the team of CSKA, after which he was part of the team of Trakiya (Plovdiv), where he ended his sports career. Since 2017 Stoyanov has been a member of the Management Board of the team of Trakiya (Plovdiv).</p> Siika Kelbecheva – Barbulova - Rowing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/548 <p>Born on 01.12.1951 in Smolyan</p> <p>Siyka Kelbecheva-Barbulova is the first Olympic Champion of the City of Plovdiv. She won a gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games in Canada at double scull without helmsman with Stoyanka Gruycheva. At the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games in Russia, they both won bronze medals and became our most successful rowers in Olympic waters.</p> <p>Her first participation in the national team was in 1972 at the European Championship in Brandenburg, Germany, where she ranked fourth at quad scull with a helmsman. At the 1973 Moscow European Championship in Russia, she took fifth place at quad scull and at eight scull with a helmsman. In the autumn of 1974 she made a tandem with Stoyanka Gruycheva. At the first World Championship in Lucerne, Switzerland, she took eighth place at quad scull with a helmsman and at the 1975 World Championship in Nottingham, England, she took fourth place.</p> <p>Andon Subashev attracted her to rowing in 1970. After that, from 1973 until the end of her sports career she worked with the renowned coach Lyuben Golev. Nikolay Zdravkov and Victor Doropheev were also her coaches.</p> <p>She is a president of the Hebros Sports Rowing Club. Siyka Kelbecheva-Barbulova has been honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2001 and was awarded the Stara Planina Order in 2013.</p> Stoyanka Gruycheva - Rowing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/549 <p>Born on 18.03.1955 in Starosel, Plovdiv District</p> <p>Stoyanka Gruycheva is the first Olympic champion from Plovdiv. She won a gold medal at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games in Canada at double sculls without helmsman with Siyka Kelbecheva. At the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games in Russia, she was part of a tandem that won a bronze medal and they both became the most successful rowers in Olympic waters. In Nottingham, Great Britain, in 1975 she first participated with her partner Siyka Kelbecheva, where they won fourth place. At the World Championship in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1977 she took fourth place with quadruple sculls with helmsman and fifth place at eight sculls. Milka Kulev aattracted her to this sport. Stoyanka Gruycheva continued her professional career with Lyuben Golev. Nikolay Zdravkov and Victor Doropheev were also her coaches.</p> <p>Gruycheva has been honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2001. She worked as an expert for the Plovdiv Region at the Ministry of Youth and Sports. She was also president of the Trakiya Rhythmic Gymnastics Club. In 2013 Gruycheva was awarded the Stara Planina Order.</p> Ginka Gurova - Rowing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/550 <p>Born on 15.04.1954 in Simeonovets, Pazardzhik District</p> <p>Ginka Gyurova is silver medalist from the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games and from the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games at quadruple sculls with a helmsman.</p> <p>She participated in the first World Women&rsquo;s Championship in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 1974 at eight sculls. In 1975 at the World Championship in Nottingham, Great Britain, Gyurova won a silver medal at quadruple sculls with a helmsman. This is the first medal for Plovdiv from rowing championship. In 1978, in New Zealand, she was fourth in double sculls without a helmsman, and in Bled, Yugoslavia in 1979 &ndash; sixth in the same boat.</p> <p>Gyurova graduated from the National Sports Academy. She started practicing rowing in 1970 under Milka Kuleva. Gyurova competed only for the team of Trakiya (Plovdiv).</p> <p>Ginka Gyurova became a methodist and later vice-chairman of the Trakiya Canoe-Kayak Club. In the period from 2003 until 2009 she was the Chief Expert in the Sports Department, Head of the Sports Department and Director of the Sport and Youth Activities Directorate at the Plovdiv Municipality. Gyurova has been an honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2003.</p> Lilyana Vaseva - Rowing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/551 <p>Born on 12.08.1955 in Velichkovo, Pazardzhik District</p> <p>Liliyana Vaseva prepared for competitions under the direction of Milka Kuleva in the team of Trakiya Plovdiv. She is Olympic vice-champion from 1976 in Montreal, Canada in a quadruple sculls with helmsman. At the 1975 World Cup in Nottingham, Great Britain, she won a silver medal. She was also ranked second in the Druzhba 84 tournament, an alternative to the Los Angeles Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Vaseva is multiple Republican champion and winner of international regattas. Between 1980 and 1983 she was a rowing coach at the local club Trakiya Army Sports Society.</p> Mariana Serbezova - Rowing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/552 <p>Born on 15.11.1959 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Mariyana Serbezova is bronze medalist from the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games in Russia at quadruple sculls. She was also participant at several world championships. Her best ranking is second place at quadruple sculls with helmsman in 1979 in Bled, Yugoslavia. In 1986 in Nottingham, Great Britain she was ranked fourth at quadruple sculls.</p> <p>She started practicing academic rowing in 1972 and her first coach was Milka Kuleva. During her career she competed for the teams of Trakiya (Plovdiv), Akademik (Sofia) and Levski-Spartak. Her active sports career ended in 1991 and since 1992 she has been teaching physical education at a school in Sofia.</p> Anka Bakova - Rowing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/553 <p>Born on 22.02.1957 in Perushtitsa</p> <p>Anka Bakova won a bronze medal at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games in women&rsquo;s rowing quadruple sculls. She started training rowing in 1972 under Milka Kuleva and became a multiple republican champion and a laureate from a number of renowned regattas. Bakova won a medal at every one of the five World Cup championships she took part in &ndash; gold from New Zealand in 1978 in quadruple sculls, silver from Bled, Yugoslavia, in 1979, two bronze medals from Amsterdam, Holland, 1977 in quadruple sculls, and from Munich, Germany in 1981 in double sculls. In her last participation at a World Cup in 1982 she ranked sixth. In 1984 at the Druzhba tournament in Moscow, Russia, Bakova won a silver medal in double sculls. Her sports career ended with this tournament.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Stefka Madina - Rowing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/554 <p>Born on 23.01.1963 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Stefka Madina won a bronze medal at double sculls in the Seoul 1988 Olympics in South Korea. In 1987 she won a gold medal in World Rowing Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark at double sculls with Violeta Ninova. Madina is silver medalist at quadruple sculls from the Druzhba 84 regatta. At the same boat class she became third in the world in Duisburg, Germany in 1983, fifth in Hazenwinkel, Belgium in 1985, and fourth in Nottingham, Great Britain in 1986.</p> <p>Madina reached her best achievements in rowing under the coaching of Lyuben Golev at Trakiya Army Sports Society, where she started training in 1974. She has been part of the national rowing team since 1982, where she worked with the coach Yordan Valchev.</p> <p>She worked in the Ministry of Defense as a financier until her retirement and as Secretary General of the Bulgarian Rowing Federation. She is a FISA International Umpire.</p> Lalka Berberova - Rowing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/555 <p>(11.06.1965 &ndash; 23.07.2006)</p> <p>Lalka Berberova is an Olympic vice-champion at double scull without helmsman from Seoul, South Korea in 1988. She participated at the 1983 World Junior Championship in Vichy, France, where she took fifth place at double scull without helmsman. At the 1984 Druzhba Olympic Tournament in Moscow, Russia, she was second at eight scull. In 1985, at the World Championships in Hazeninkel, Belgium, she was sixth at double scull without helmsman. Berberova took part in the 1986 World Cup in Nottingham, UK, where she was fifth at quad scull with helmsman, and in 1989 in Bled, Slovenia, she was fourth at eight scull with helmsman and fifth at quad scull without helmsman. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, ​​Spain, Berberova took ninth place at quad scull.</p> <p>Lalka Berberova graduated from the Vasil Levski Sports School. She started practicing rowing in 1982 with the coach Georgi Yankov. She also worked with Nenko Dobrev. Berberova competed for the Trakiya Army Sports Society, as well as for the national team. After the Olympic medal, she took ninth place among the top ten athletes of Bulgaria in 1988. Berberova retired from active sports activity in 1993. Lalka Berberova is holder of the honorary sign of Plovdiv.</p> Magdalena Georgieva – Rowing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/556 <p>Born on 07.12.1962 гin Brestovitsa, Plovdiv District</p> <p>Magdalena Georgieva is a Bronze medalist on skiff from the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Georgieva has won seven medals from World Championships and Olympic Games in the period 1984 &ndash; 1990. At the 1984 Druzhba Olympic Tournament she won a bronze medal on skiff. In 1985 at the World Championship in Hazewinkel, Belgium, with Violeta Ninova, she won a bronze medal at double scull. Georgieva is also silver medalist from the 1986 World Championship in Nottingham, England. She won a gold medal in 1987 during the Copenhagen World Cup, Denmark, with the impressive difference of over 15 seconds before the second, which was the first medal for Bulgaria in this discipline. At the 1989 World Championship in Bled, Slovenia, Magdalena Georgieva and Pavlina Aleksandrova won a bronze medal at double scull. She also has a bronze medal at quad scull from the same competition. In 1989, for the first time, competitors took part in two disciplines. Thus, Georgieva and Aleksandrova became the first and only contestants with two medals from one World Championship. In 1988, in Lucerne, Switzerland, Georgieva set a record at the skiff discipline. During world championships for girls in 1979 and 1980 she won two silver medals at the quad discipline.</p> <p>Magdalena Georgieva graduated from the Vasil Levski Sports School and the Vasil Levski National Sports Academy. She started training rowing in 1976 under the coach Georgi Yankov Georgiev in the Trakiya Army Sports Society.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Bogdan Dobrev - Rowing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/574 <p class="Default">Born on 29.07.1957 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Bogdan Dobrev is part of the only Bulgarian team to ever win an Olympic medal. Dobrev, Lyubomir Petrov, Ivo Rusev and Mincho Nikolov ranked third at quad scull in 1980 in Moscow, Russia. At the 1977 World Championship in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, he ranked third at quad scull, and in 1978 in New Zealand he was fifth with the same boat.</p> <p>Dobrev started training rowing in 1972 under the coach Andon Andonov, with whom he achieved his best results. He competed for the team of Trakiya Plovdiv. In the period from 1976 until 1978 Dobrev was in the military and competed for the team of CSKA. After ending his competitive sports career he became a coach at the Vasil Levski Sports School in Plovdiv. Dobrev is an Honored Master of Sports and winner of state awards.</p> Stoyan Delchev - Gymnastics http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/575 <p>Born on 03.07.1959 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Stoyan Delchev is the first Bulgarian to win two medals in one Olympic games (in Moscow in 1980) &ndash; bronze in the all-around (24.07.1980) and gold on horizontal bars (25.07.1980). In Moscow, Russia, he became our first Olympic champion in gymnastics. In 1980 he participated in the final on gymnastic equipment and collected 17.33 points from the unofficial ranking. With these points Delchev ranked before Greece, which up to that moment was at 26th place with 17.00 points.</p> <p>Delchev entered the gymnastics hall at the age of seven. His first coach was Nikola Angov, and after that he was briefly prepared by Evgeni Zemskov. In the fifth grade he was admitted in the Vasil Levski Sports School. From 1972 until the end of his career he worked in tandem with Nikola Nikolov and competed for the team of Trakiya. Delchev graduated from the National Sports Academy.</p> <p>He was only 18 years old when he patented in his name two positions on horizontal bars &ndash; the Delchev-1 somersault and the Delchev-2 somersault. At the 1977 European Championship in Vilnius, Lithuania, he became a champion at horizontal bars. In 1979 in Essen, Germany, he also won the absolute European title in the all-around. This is the first and only similar success of a Bulgarian to date. In Essen, Germany, he played the final of all six different disciplines. He took gold on floor, silver on horizontal bars and bronze on jump and became fifth on rings and seventh on pommel horse and parallel bars. This success of four medals has not been surpassed by other Bulgarian gymnastics so far. At the 1979 World Cup tournament in Tokyo, Japan, Delchev won a bronze medal in the all-around and a gold medal on floor. He is the first Bulgarian gymnast who has reached the gold in such a competition.</p> <p>Stoyan Delchev stopped competing in 1982. After 1985 he devoted himself to coaching. Between 1987 and 1989 Delchev prepared the national team. He managed to establish himself as the only coach in Bulgaria with a title as a competitor and as a coach (Lyubomir Geraskov in Seoul, South Korea in 1988) in gymnastics. In 2001, Delchev was named Best Bulgarian Gymnast of the Twentieth Century. On 09.02.2008, Stoyan Delchev was admitted to the Gymnastics Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City (USA) and became its 64th member. He is the only Bulgarian included in this Hall of Fame and is in the company of 81 stars from 21 countries of the world gymnastics. Delchev also received recognition from the World Acrobatic Association, which in 2011 included him in its Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, USA. Delchev now has his own training center Deltchev Gymnastics in Reno (Nevada, USA). Stoyan Delchev has been honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2001.</p> Krassimir Dunev - Gymnastics http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/576 <p>Born on 11.09.1972 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Krasimir Dunev is an Olympic champion from the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games in the USA at horizontal bars. He is the first gymnast in the world to make six consecutive overhangs on the horizontal bars. With the team of Bulgaria Dunev took sixth place and in the multidiscipline competition he took twenty-first place. He made his debut at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics, where he ranked tenth in the team&rsquo;s ranking in Bulgaria and fifty-second in the multidiscipline competition. He won his first medal at the World Championship in Sabaea, Japan, in 1995, where he was ranked third on horizontal bars. During his best year, 1996, he became world vice-champion in Puerto Rico on horizontal bars, as well as European champion on horizontal bars in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the second Bulgarian with a European title on this gymnastic equipment.</p> <p>Krasimir Dunev started practicing gymnastics in 1980 under Aleksandar Sotirov. Initially he competed for the team of Trakiya, and after 1984 &ndash; for the team of Spartak, after gymnastics was returned as a competing discipline. He became part of the national team of Bulgaria in 1990. After 1996 he moved to live and work in the USA. He returned to Bulgaria in 2008, when he was elected Secretary General of the Bulgarian Federation of Gymnastics. In the same year he became a senior coach of the national team of Bulgaria. Krasimir Dunev has been the President of the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation since 2013.</p> Yordan Yovchev - Gymnastics http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/577 <p>Born on 24.02.1973 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Yordan Yovchev started practicing gymnastics in 1980 under the coach Ivan Slavchev. After that, he continued his training under Zhivko Dobrev. He competed for the teams of Trakiya (1980 &ndash; 1983), Spartak (1983 &ndash; 1990), CSKA (1990 &ndash; 1992) and after 1992 again for Spartak. Yovchev has been part of the national men&rsquo;s team since 1990. He is one of the thirteen Bulgarians who have won more than one medal from Olympic Games. He is ranked third among the Bulgarians who have won four medals at Olympic Games. In his collection he has silver and bronze medals (2004 in Athens, Greece) and two more bronze medals from Sydney, Australia, in 2000. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Yovchev was sixth on rings and sixth in the team rankings. He is also the only gymnast in the world with six participations in Olympic Games (from 1992 until 2012). Yovchev has won nine awards (2, 4, 3) from World Championships. At the 2001 World Championship in Ghent, Belgium, he won two gold medals &ndash; floor and rings. There, he also became the first Bulgarian world champion in gymnastics. Yovchev became European champion on rings in 2002 in Patras, Greece. He has won five silver medals and one bronze medal in European championships. Thus, his awards from these championships are a total of 20 (5 gold, 9 silver, 6 bronze). He has also won 9 (3 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze) medals from Gymnastics World Cups.</p> <p>Yordan Yovchev was named Best Sportsman on the Balkan Peninsula in 2003 in a poll by the Bulgaria Telegraph Agency and became Sportsman of Bulgaria for 2001 and 2003.</p> <p>In 1996, Yordan Yovchev moved to the United States but continued to compete for Bulgaria. He returned to Bulgaria in 2007. Yovchev has been an honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2001. In December 2008 he was elected as Chairman of the Bulgarian Sports Gymnastics Federation. He was also Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports for the temporary governments in 2013 and 2014.</p> Stefka Kostadinova - Athletics http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/578 <p>Born on 25.03.1965 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Stefka Kostadinova is an Olympic champion in high jump from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in the USA. There she also set a new Olympic record in the discipline &ndash; 205 cm. Kostadinova also won a silver medal in Seoul, South Korea in 1988. She ranked fourth in Barcelona, Spain in 1992. On 30.08.1987, she became world champion in Rome, Italy, with a new world record of 209 cm, which remains intact until today. Her records are a total of 6 &ndash; always improved by a second attempt. She is a three-time world record holder in a hall &ndash; 204, 205, 206 cm.</p> <p>Kostadinova is a two-time outdoor world champion &ndash; from Rome, Italy in 1987 and from Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1995, as well as holder of five titles from indoor World Championships: Paris, France in 1985, Indianapolis, USA in 1987, Budapest, Hungary in 1989, Toronto, Canada in 1993 and Paris, France in 1997. She is also European outdoor champion from Stuttgart, Germany in 1986 and holder of 4 gold medals from indoor championships of the Old Continent: Piraeus&rsquo;85, Li&eacute;vin, France in 1987, Budapest, Hungary in 1988 and Paris, France in 1994. She is also a Winner of the Canberra&rsquo;85 World Cup final in Australia.</p> <p>Stefka Kostadinova started training athletics under the coach Dobri Ivanov. Enyu Todorov also had a great impact on her development. She was only 14 years old when she covered the norm for sports master. Kostadinova graduated from the Vasil Levski Sports School and Paisii Hilendarski Plovdiv University. She is Republican champion and record holder in the high jump discipline in all age groups &ndash; pioneers, girls and women. Her great success was achieved when Nikolay Petrov became her coach in 1983. Throughout her career she only competed for the team of Trakiya. Kostadinova has participated in 3 Olympic Games, 7 World Championships and 6 European Championships. Her first jump over 2 meters she made on 25.08.1984 in Sofia, Bulgaria. This was followed by 197 jumps in a total of 130 competitions. Kostadinova was voted Sportsperson of the Year in Bulgaria four times and five times as Number 1 in the Balkans.</p> <p>In 1999 Stefka Kostadinova ended her competitive career and began working in the governing structures of the sport. She became Vice President of the Bulgarian Athletics Federation. That same year she was elected Deputy Chair of the State Agency for Youth and Sports, and since 01.08.2001 she has been Deputy Minister of Sports. On 11.11.2005 she became Chairman of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee. Kostadinova is the only Bulgarian woman to be awarded the Sports Oscar. The award was given to her in 1987. Kostadinova is the sixth Plovdiv athlete who became an honorary citizen of Plovdiv in 1995. She is among the first athletes accepted in the Hall of Fame.</p> Maria Vergova-Petkova - Discus throw http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/579 <p>Born on 03.11.1950 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Mariya Vergova-Petkova is the first Bulgarian female athlete to be ranked first in the world elite of the discus throwing discipline as a world record holder and is the only Bulgarian athlete to win two silver Olympic medals.</p> <p>She started training athletics in 1967 with cannonball throwing and continued until 1971. In 1974, Mariya Vergova improved three national records of discus throwing and at the European Championship in Rome, Italy, ranked fourth. In the following 1975, she became a world student champion in discus throwing in Rome. Her first silver medal was at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in Canada &ndash; with 67.30 m. After four years at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games in Russia she won her second silver medal &ndash; with 67.98 m. In 1977 in Sofia, Bulgaria, she became a world student champion for the second time.</p> <p>On 13.07.1980 at a State Championship at the Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia, Vergova-Petkova set a new world record &ndash; 71.80 m.</p> <p>Her successes continued: in 1981 she won a gold medal at the European Cup in Zagreb, Croatia &ndash; with 69.34 m, and was included in the European team for the World Cup in Rome, during which she took second place. Vergova-Petova won a silver medal at the 1982 Athens European Championship in Greece &ndash; with 67.94 m. In 1983, she took part in the first World Cup in Helsinki, Finland, and won a bronze medal &ndash; with 66.44 m. Mariya Vergova-Petkova improved the national record in discus throwing seven times and won 6 titles, as well as four championship titles at Balkan athletic games. Until 1976 she competed for the team of Trakiya Plovdiv under the coach Dimitar Bahchevanov, and after the Olympiad in Montreal she moved to the team of Levski-Spartak and prepared under the coach Vasil Krumov.</p> Asen Zlatev - Weightlifting http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/580 <p>Born on 23.05.1960 in Tsarimir, Plovdiv District</p> <p>Asen Zlatev is an Olympic champion from the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games in Russia, in the category of up to 75 kg. At the age of 11 he joined the first group of weight lifting trainees in the Vasil Levski Sports School under the leadership of Gancho Karushov. Zlatev has won three gold medals at World Championships (1980, 1982 and 1986) and five at European Championships (1980, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1987). From World Championships he has 7 medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), and from European Championships &ndash; 8 medals (5 gold, 3 silver). He is ranked second with the number of medals won &ndash; 6 silver and 1 bronze, and leads the ranking among Bulgarians by the number of medals won in Olympic Games (lifting, snatching and dueling &ndash; 22 gold, 19 silver, 4 bronze). For seven years Zlatev improved 20 world and 6 Olympic records. He is one of the three Bulgarians (together with Nikolay Peshalov and Ivan Ivanov) who has not received a &ldquo;zero&rdquo; in an official competition. Zlatev was awarded the Golden Kilo award for best achievement at the World Cup in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1982. He was captain of the national team for 8 years and did not lost national competition for 13 seasons. He competed in the categories up to 75 kg and up to 82.5 kg and was trained for several Olympic Games, but for various reasons he participated only in one &ndash; in Moscow, Russia. So instead of &ldquo;at least&rdquo; four titles, Zlatev was left with gold only from Moscow, Russia. If he had realized his capabilities and ambitions, the Plovdiv citizen would have been without competition in the Guinness Book of Records. From September 1989 until the end of 1994 Zlatev competed for the German teams Limen and Chemnitz. Asen Zlatev was declared honorary citizen of Plovdiv in 2001.</p> Milen Dobrev - Weightlifting http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/538 <p>22.02.1980 &ndash; 21.03.2015</p> <p>Milen Dobrev is an Olympic weightlifting champion in the 94 kg category from Athens, Greece, in 2004, and two-time world and European champion. He is the first Bulgarian to win an Olympic title in bars as a member of a team from Plovdiv (Maritsa-Olimp). After winning the 2001 Brisbane Goodwill Games in Australia, he established himself as the elite of weightlifters. His world title was from Vancouver, Canada, in 2003. He also became European champion in 2003 in Loutraki, Greece, and in 2004 in Kiev, Ukraine.</p> <p>Dobrev started training weightlifting in 1991 under the coach Georgi Yotovski, when he was in sixth grade at the Vasil Levski Sports School and competed for the team of Maritsa. During his military service (1999 &ndash; 2000), he was part of the team of CSKA. After 2001 Dobrev transferred to the team of Maritsa-Olimp and started training under Krastyo Milev. He became part of the extended men&rsquo;s national team on 11.02.2001 and made his debut at the European Men&rsquo;s Championship in Trencin, Slovakia. In 2001 he also made a debut at the 2001 World Championship in Antalya, Turkey, winning his first bronze medal in the 85 kg category. In 2002 he won silver medal at the European Championship in Antalya, Turkey, in the 94 kg category. The same year, Dobrev also became second at the World Championship in Warsaw, Poland.</p> <p>Milen Dobrev has been an honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2004. On 20.04.2005 at a ceremony in the Greek Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, he was also named honorary citizen of Athens, Greece.</p> Rumen Alexandrov - Weightlifting http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/581 <p>Born on 26.06.1960 in Asenovgrad</p> <p>Rumen Aleksandrov is Olympic vice-champion from 1980 in Moscow, Russia. He was champion of Europe in 1980, in Belgrade, Serbia. Aleksandrov is also Champion of Europe and World Champion for Youth in 1978 in Athens, Greece.</p> <p>He started training weightlifting in 1971 under Gancho Karushkov. He graduated from the Vasil Levski Sports School and competed for the team of Maritsa Plovdiv (1971 &ndash; 1978) and for the team of CSKA (1978 &ndash; 1982). Since 1982 he has been a coach at the team of CSKA. Between 1989 and 1992 he worked with the national team of Bulgaria. He shared his experience in many countries around the world, including the United States and Colombia.</p> Mincho Pashov - Weightlifting http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/582 <p>Born on 07.11.1961 in Shishmantsi, Plovdiv District</p> <p>Mincho Pashov won a bronze medal at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games in Russia in a category of 67.5 kg. In 1980 and 1981 he was a world champion for youngsters. He is three-time World and European vicechampion in the 75 kg category for 1981, 1982 and 1985. At the Black Sea Tournament in the City of Varna, Bulgaria (an alternative to the Olympics) in 1984, he set a world record of 212.5 kg in snatching. At the World Championship in 1982 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, he and Yanko Rusev improved 4 world records in the category up to 75 kg.</p> <p>Pashov started training weightlifting in 1972 under Gancho Karushkov. He studied at the Vasil Levski Sports School and continued his education at the National Sports Academy. Mincho Pashov competed for the teams of Maritsa Plovdiv (1972 &ndash; 1981), CSKA (1981 &ndash; 1982) and Levski-Spartak (1982 &ndash; 1986).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Peter Lesov - Boxing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/583 <p>Born on 12.09.1960 in Rakovski</p> <p>On 02.08.1980, when Petar Lesov was at the age of 19 years, 11 months and 20 days he won the boxing title at the Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia, in a 51 kg category. Thus he became the youngest Olympic champion of Bulgaria. He is a two-time European champion for men &ndash; in 1981 in Tampere, Finland, and in 1983 in Varna, Bulgaria. Lesov is the champion of the First World Junior Championship in December 1979 in Yokohama, Japan. He took second place in 1981 and third place in 1983 in the World Cup tournaments. He is missing only gold medal from the world championships for men.</p> <p>Lesov has all possible titles from the different age groups in Bulgaria. Between 1974 and 1979 he competed for the team of Lokomotiv (Plovdiv), and after that for the team of CSKA. He played 263 amateur ring matches. After 1985, he moved to the coaching profession. He started his career at the team of CSKA, and also assisted as a coach at the national team where he worked for nearly 15 years. In the period from 2007 until 2011 he was a senior coach of the national team of Bulgaria, where Detelin Dalakliev became world champion and European vice-champion, Kubrat Pulev &ndash; European champion, and Tervel Pulev &ndash; European vice-champion. At the same time, after being a coach for seven years, Martin Krastev won the first European title for professionals in Bulgaria under his coaching. He also trained Stanimira Petrova &ndash; world champion and twice European champion, for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. In 2009, he was named &ldquo;Coach of the Year&rdquo; in Bulgaria in an interview of the Trud Newspaper. In recent years he has been senior coach of the national team of young women and girls.</p> <p>Peter Lesov has been an honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2001. He graduated from the National Sports Academy. Lesov entered the boxing hall in 1974 in his hometown, attracted to this sport by Lyuben Gadzhev. He has also worked with the coaches Petar Stoychev, Peycho Paev and Nikolay Dzhalatov.</p> Aleksandar Hristov - Boxing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/584 <p>Born on 28.07.1964 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Olympic vice-champion at the Summer Olympics of 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, Aleksandar Hristov also took part at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA, in 1996. He also won a quota for the Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympic Games but was not included in the team. He competed in the category of up to 54 kg for the team of Lokomotiv (Plovdiv), and during his time as a soldier &ndash; for the team of CSKA. From 1990 until 1996, he competed for clubs in the German cities of Halle, Esslingen and Alain. He graduated from the Vasil Levski National Sports Academy in 2000 and went to Hamm in Germany where he worked as a coach for a year. There he took the Hamm Boxing Club from the Oberliga to the Bundesliga.</p> <p>Hristov is one of the best Bulgarian boxers of all time in the category of up to 54 kg. He is also World Champion from Tampere, Finland, 1993 and World Cup winner from Bangkok, Thailand, 1994. Hristov is European champion of the Railmen Championship in Moscow in 1984 and European champion of Turin, Italy, in 1987, as well as vice-champion from 1985 in Budapest, Hungary. He won a bronze medal from the Championship in Vejle, Denmark, in 1996 and was also the winner of the 1986 European Cup in Leningrad (present-day St. Petersburg), Russia. He won 7 (4 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) medals from major championships. He ended his sports career after the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA.</p> <p>Hristov has ranked four times on the Top 10 Best athletes of Bulgaria list (in 1987 and 1988 he ranked seventh, in 1993 &ndash; eighth, and in 1994&ndash; ninth). He competed in 380 meetings at international rings, of which he lost only 15. His coaches were Yordan Kalvachev and Dimitar Dobrev. In 1998, Aleksandar Hristov founded his own boxing school by the name of <em>Sasho Hristov</em>.</p> Ivan Mihaylov - Boxing http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/585 <p>Born on 25.12.1944 in Sliven&nbsp;</p> <p>Ivan Mihaylov Nikolov &ndash; Mihalkata, as he is known, is the first athlete from a club in Plovdiv, out of football, who has won a medal from Olympic Games. This happened in 1968 in Mexico City, Mexico, where he won a bronze medal in the category of 57 kg. He took two third places at European championships &ndash; in 1967 in Rome, Italy for men and in 1969 in Bucharest, Romania for youngsters, as he also has a silver medal for youngsters from 1965 in Bucharest, Romania. He won a gold medal from the boxing championship at the World Youth Festival held in Plovdiv. Nikolov entered the boxing hall in 1961 in his hometown of Sliven and was trained by Dobri Zagorov. Mihalkata served and played for the team of CSKA (1963 &ndash; 1965), where he became champion of the Team Championship (1964 and 1965). He was then transferred in the team of Lokomotiv (1966 &ndash; 1972), where he again became champion of the Team Championship in 1967, 1970 and 1971.</p> <p>In CSKA he was trained by Vasil Kostov &ndash; Vazata, and in Lokomotiv (Pd) &ndash; by Vangel Turpov &ndash; Gecheto. At the ring he participated in 207 official matches, including 53 international, in the categories up to 57 kg and up to 60 kg. He was national competitor from 1964 until 1972. Ivan Nikolov ended his competitive career at the end of 1972 and became a coach in the team of Lokomotiv (Plovdiv).</p> <p>Since 1979 until today, with a brief interruption, he has been a boxing coach at the Vasil Levski Sports School and at the United Sports Boxing Club.</p> Nonka Matova - Sport shooting http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/587 <p class="m-2702435176706744437ydpef5adba1msonormal">Born on 20.10.1954 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Between 1976 and 2000 Nonka Matova participated in six Olympic Games. She is an Olympic vice-champion from Barcelona, ​​Spain, in 1992 and winner of the alternative to the Olympics Druzhba tournament in Moscow, Russia in 1984. She made 11 world (two in category for men) and 28 European records (two in category for men) in sport shooting. Nonka Matova is Balkan and Republican record holder with rifle. She has won over 600 medals from sports competitions, including 76 of them in European Championships and 16 in World Championships. She received the prize for the most accurate shooter on the Balkan Peninsula and the world&rsquo;s most precise shooter in 1985. She took fifth place at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics and sixth place in the category for men at the Olympics in Moscow, Russia, in 1980. She is a twenty-eight times European champion with two gold medals in category for men in Lviv, Ukraine, in 1979.</p> <p>Nonka Matova started practicing sports shooting under Atanas Chitanov in the team of Maritsa, where she competed until 1977. After that she moved to the team of Levski-Spartak. She is the only woman-general in the most recent history of Bulgaria. Matova has been honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2010.</p> Petar Zapryanov - Sport shooting http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/588 <p>Born on 23.03.1959 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Petar Zapryanov is a bronze medalist from the 1980 Moscow Olympics in Russia in the discipline 50 meter rifle prone. He was also a winner of the same discipline at the Druzhba tournament in Moscow, Russia, in 1984. Zapryanov participated in two world and several European championships. From international tournaments he has won over 10 gold and silver medals. In 1981 he set an absolute record in his discipline &ndash; 600 out of 600 possible points. For a period of 12 years he was the best Bulgarian competitor with a small caliber rifle. Zapryanov was part of the national team for more than 15 years.</p> <p>He started practicing sport shooting in 1975 under the trainer Atanas Chitanov and later under Evgeni Binev in Maritsa (Plovdiv). He competed with a pneumatic and a small caliber rifle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Kaspar Simeonov - Volleyball http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/589 <p>Born on 17.05.1955 in Dimitrovgrad</p> <p>Kaspar Simeonov is Olympic vice-champion of volleyball from Moscow, Russia, in 1980.</p> <p>He took sixth place in the World Cup Tournament in Japan in 1977 and fifth place in the European Championship in Finland in 1977. He has had 453 matches in the A group and 150 games in the national team of Bulgaria.</p> <p>Simeonov&rsquo;s first steps in volleyball were in Dimitrovgrad under the coach Slavcho Slavchev. He studied at the Institute for physical activity and sport Vasil Levski and played for the team of Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) under the coach Kiril Nedev. Simeonov competed for the following clubs: Minior &ndash;Dimitrovgrad (1968 &ndash; 1970), Lokomotiv Plovdiv (1970 &ndash; 1984), Avellino, Italy (1984 &ndash; 1986) and Kijeti, Italy (1986 &ndash; 1989).</p> <p>In 1989 he began his coaching career in the team of Lokomotiv (Plovdiv), where he is also an executive director. Kaspar Simeonov was a coach of the Bulgarian National Volleyball Team for men from 1992 until 1994. He was awarded &ldquo;Honorary sign of the city of Plovdiv&rdquo; 2019.</p> Stoyan Gunchev - Volleyball http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/590 <p>Born on 11.02.1958 in Stamboliyski</p> <p>Stoyan Gunchev is an Olympic Volleyball Champion from Moscow, Russia, in 1980. His team also qualified for Olympic qualification in Barcelona, ​​Spain, in January 1984, and took a quota for the Olympics in Los Angeles, USA. In 1978, Gunchev debuted at the World Championship in Italy. His next appearances with the national team are as follows: in 1982 at the World Cup in Argentina &ndash; fifth place and in 1983 at the European Championship in Berlin, Germany &ndash; bronze medal. For the 1987 &ndash; 1988 Season he played for the team of Mladost (Zagreb), where he became Vice-champion and took first place at the Cup of Yugoslavia.</p> <p>Injury forced him to end his career in Italy and he focused on the coaching profession. In Itlay he worked for the team of Florence from 1991 until 1995 and from 1996 until 1999. In that period he became Vice-champion of the European Volleyball Confederation as a coach of the team of Romanelli (Florence). He took over the women&rsquo;s team of CSKA for the 1999 &ndash; 2000 Season and made it champion and winner of the Cup of Bulgaria. For the 2001 &ndash; 2002 Season he worked in the City of Lodi, Italy.</p> <p>In 1969, Stoyan Gunchev was admitted to the Vasil Levski Sports School. He trained volleyball under the coaches Marko Markov and Lyuben Shindov and competed for the team of Lokomotiv (Plovdiv). He played as setter. In 1976, the coach Vasil Simov invited him to compete for the team of CSKA and he remained in the team until 1986. During this time, he won 8 titles and 6 Cups of Bulgaria. Gunchev also has 1 third place at the European Champions&rsquo; Cup and one at the National Cup Winners&rsquo; Cup.</p> Anka Uzunova - Volleyball http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/591 <p>Born on 12.01.1955 in Koprivlen, Blagoevgrad District</p> <p>Anka Uzunova was a member of the national team of Bulgaria, who won a bronze medal at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games in Russia. She took her first steps in volleyball in 1968 under the coaches Ivan Batev and Kiril Nedev, and later competed for the Maritsa (Plovdiv) team (1970 &ndash; 1981 and 1986). From 1981 until 1992 Uzunova played in the Italian championship for the teams of Bari, Campobasso, Noventa Vincentina, Legnano, and Pordenone. She helped the Bulgarian team become European champion at the 1981 Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. She also has a bronze medal from the 1979 Continental Championship in Lion, France. Uzunova also played at the European Championships in 1975 in Belgrade, Serbia (fourth place), in 1983 in Berlin, Germany (fourth place), and in 1985 Amsterdam, the Netherlands (fifth place). She took part in more than 260 games with the national team of Bulgaria. In 1988 Uzunova started her coaching career with Campobasso, Italy and later on trained the team of Bari, Italy. She was awarded &ldquo;Honorary sign of the city of Plovdiv&rdquo; 2019.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Penka Stoyanova - Basketball http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/592 <p>Born on 21.01.1950 in Karlovo</p> <p>With the national team Penka Stoyanova is a silver medalist from the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, as well as a bronze medalist from the Olympiad in Montreal, Canada, in 1976. She participated in eight European championships. Stoyanova is also silver medalist from Varna (1972) and bronze medalist from Clermont-Ferrand (1976). She has eight first places from participations in twelve Balkan Games and 2 third places at Youth Festival and Universiades. She was included in combined European team, where she was the captain (in 1972, 1976 and 1981). Stoyanova has second place at the 1973 Lima World Cup in Peru and at the R. W. Jones World Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1983, with the second team of Italy.</p> <p>Penka Stoyanova is three-time champion of Bulgaria with the team of Maritsa Plovdiv for 1971, 1973 and 1974 under the coach Tencho Nachev. She is also a four-time silver and bronze medalist in the Bulgarian basketball championship. She has played twice in the finals of the Liliana Ronchetti European League Cup. Stoyanova has 580 matches for the national team. She was captain of all state teams, and from 1974 until 1981 she was captain of the women&rsquo;s national team, in which she was first included during the World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1967.</p> <p>Penka Stoyanova is the first Bulgarian basketball player to play professional basketball abroad. From 1981 until 1983 she was part of the Italian team of Roma. She has been included in the symbolic Number 5 of Europe by the Corriere dello Sport Newspaper. In 1969, Stoyanova was personally awarded by the President of Italy at the big international tournament in Avellino. She was twice named Athlete No 1 of Plovdiv. In 1985, in her honor, a first-time beneficiary match between the national team of Bulgaria and a mixed team of Europe was organized.</p> <p>Penka Stoyanova has been an honorary citizen of Karlovo since 1985 and an honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2000. She is among the torch bearers of the Olympic flame for the 2004Athens Games. In 2007, she was included in the FIBA ​​list of 35 competitors who have contributed to the development of world basketball in the second half of the 20th century.</p> Sylvia Germanova - Basketball http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/593 <p>Born on 19.07.1959 in Gotse Delchev</p> <p>Silviya Germanova is an Olympic vice champion of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games in Russia. She started her sports carrier as an athlete and was preparing under the coach Mitko Todorov. In 1973 the specialist Hristo Kostov attracted her to basketball. Until 1982 she played for the Plovdiv team of Akademik, after which she moved to the team of Levski-Spartak. With this team, Germanova became a European champion in 1984, six times champion of the country and six times winner of the National Cup. Under the leadership of Ivan Galabov, she played for the national team for a period of 9 years. She has more than 300 selections at the national team and was captain of the national team, which won second place at the European Championship in Vicenza and Treviso, Italy, in 1985. She also participated in the continental championship in Banja Luka, Yugoslavia in 1980 and in Ancona &ndash; Senigallia, Italy in 1981, where the Bulgarian team took fifth place. Germanova also played in two World Championships &ndash; in 1983, Brazil, with sixth place, and in 1986, in the USSR, with seventh place. From 1990 until 2002, she competed for the teams of Villeurbanne, Marignane, SLUC and Bengali in France, where she was chosen among the top 10 foreign players playing in the French championship. Silviya Germanova also received the Honorary Sign of Plovdiv.</p> Angelina Mihaylova-Manolova - Basketball http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/594 <p>Born on 06.06.1960 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Angelina Manolova&rsquo;s biggest success in basketball is the silver medal won at the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980. Her sporting career began in 1972 at the Vasil Levski Sports School in Plovdiv under the coach Simeon Vulev and continued with Mancho Bonev and Hristo Marinov.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She was part of the team of Maritsa Plovdiv. At the age of 17, Manolova was included and competed for the women&rsquo;s team, led by Tencho Nachev. With this club, she played two finals for the Liliana Ronchetti European League Cup.</p> <p>In the period from 1984 until 1988 Manolova competed for the team of Akademik Plovdiv.</p> <p>Her first achievement with the national team was in Szczecin, Poland, in 1976, where she won third place for cadets.</p> <p>From 1978 until 1982 Manolova was part of the female national team and proudly competed for our country. She was Balkan champion with very good ranking in European championships. The coach she owes the most is Ivan Galabov.</p> <p>In 1993 Manolova participated in the Games of the Small States of Europe in Malta. As part of the Maltese national team, she won a bronze medal.</p> <p>Angelina Mihaylova-Manolova is an Honored Master of Sport.</p> Georgi Vasilev - Football http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/595 <p>Born on 09.06.1945 in Demir Hisar, Greece</p> <p>Georgi Vasilev is the only Olympic medalist in football from Plovdiv, who won silver medal in Munich in 1968. He started practicing football in 1959 in Gotse Delchev. Until 1963 he played for the team of Pirin, and after that he was transferred to the team of Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) and wore the shirt of the &ldquo;railway men&rdquo; until 1980. He returned to Pirin, where he played until 1982 and became the top scorer of the B group at the age of 42. Vasilev has played in 386 games and has scored 150 goals in the A group. He has played 28 games and has scored 12 goals in the UEFA Cup Tournament with the team of Lokomotiv (Plovdiv), of which he is also an international top scorer. He has played in 17 games and has scored 10 goals for the national team of Bulgaria, and for the youth national team he has 6 games and 6 goals. Georgi Vasilev is a vice-champion of Bulgaria for 1973, with two more bronze medals won (in 1969 and 1974) with the team of Lokomotiv (Plovdiv). He was awarded &ldquo;Honorary sign of the city of Plovdiv&rdquo; 2019.</p> Todor Diev - Football http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/596 <p>(28.01.1934 &ndash; 04.01.1995)</p> <p>Todor Diev is the first Olympic bronze medalist from Plovdiv. He won his medal in 1956 at the Olympic Football Tournament in Melbourne, Australia. His debut in the national team was on 13.11.1955 in the match Bulgaria &ndash; Czechoslovakia (3:0), during which he scored the third goal. He was captain of the national team in 8 games. Todor Diev played in the 1962 World Cup in Chile. He became champion of Bulgaria with the team of Spartak (Plovdiv) in 1963 and was winner of the National Cup with the same team in 1958. He has played 308 games and has scored 146 goal in the A group. He participated in 55 games in the A group with the national team and in 7 games in the B group. Diev became top scorer of the country in 1955 (13 goals), in 1962 (23 goals) and in 1963 (26 goals). In 1958, he scored a goal against Brazil at the Est&aacute;dio do Morumbi Stadium and he himself admits that they offered him superstar price to stay in the country of the coffee. Logically, at that time such a transfer could not happen.</p> <p>Todor Diev was the first athlete to be awarded the Honorary Citizen of Plovdiv in 1961. In the same year he was awarded a golden Labor Order and Honored Master of Sport. He was included in the ideal team of Bulgaria for the three decades from 1944 until 1974.</p> Rhythmic gymnastics team 1996 http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/597 <p><strong>Valentina Kevliyan</strong></p> <p>Born on 11.03.1978 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Valentina Kevliyan is an Olympic vice-champion with the Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics group from the 1996 Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, USA. Two more gymnasts from the team of Trakiya (Plovdiv) were also included in our group &ndash; Ina Delcheva and Ivelina Taleva. At the 1993 European Championship in Bucharest, Romania, Kevliyan took second place in the multidiscipline and became a champion with tools. In 1994, at the World Cup in Paris, France, she was ranked third in the multidiscipline and became a champion with tools, and in Vienna, Austria, in 1995 she took the first place in the multidiscipline and became a champion with tools. At the 1995 European Championship in Prague, the Czech Republic, Kevliyan was ranked second in the multidiscipline and became a champion with tools. At the 1996 World Championship in Budapest, Hungary, she was ranked first in the multidiscipline.</p> <p>Valentina Kevliyan started practicing gymnastics in 1984 in a sports school under the coach Nataliya Moravenova. She graduated from the National Sports Academy. From 1984 until 1993 Kevliyan was a competitor of the team of Trakiya (Plovdiv) under the coach Nadezhda Aleksandrova. After that she competed for the team of Levski (Sofia) under the coaches Neshka Robeva and Lushka Bachvarova. Since 1992 she has been part of the national team of the Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics group.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ina Delcheva &ndash; rhythmic gymnastic</strong></p> <p>Born on 20.07.1977 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Ina Delcheva is an Olympic vice-champion with the Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics group from the 1996 Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, USA. At the 1994 World Cup in Bercy, France, she took third place in the multidiscipline and first place with tools. At the 1995 World Championship in Vienna, Austria, and in 1996 in Budapest, Hungary, she became an absolute world champion. At the 1993 European Championship in Bucharest, Romania, Delcheva took second place in the multidiscipline and first place in the final with four hoops and 2 pairs of clubs, as well as second place in the finals with six ropes. At the 1995 European Championship in Prague, the Czech Republic, she became an absolute european champion.</p> <p>Ina Delcheva started practicing gymnastics in 1983 in the Sports school under the coach Pepa Pandzherova. She graduated from the National Sports Academy. Delcheva competed for the team of Trakiya (Plovdiv) with personal coach Nadya Aleksandrova. She joined the national ensemble in 1992 and was prepared by the coaches Neshka Robeva and Lushka Bachvarova.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ivelina Taleva &ndash; rhythmic gymnastic</strong></p> <p>Born on 25.03.1977 in Plovdiv</p> <p>Ivelina Taleva is an Olympic vice-champion with the Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics group from the 1996 Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, USA. At the 1991 World Championship in Athens, Greece, she won a silver medal at six ribbons with the women ensemble. Taleva is also a bronze medalist from the 1994 World Cup in Paris, France. She won both gold and silver medals at the individual championships. Taleva became world champion in Vienna, Austria, in 1995 and in Budapest, Hungary, in 1996. In 1995, she won gold and silver medals at the individual championships in Vienna, Austria. At the 1991 European Women&rsquo;s Championship in Portugal, she won a bronze medal in the multidiscipline and at the 1992 European Championship in Stuttgart, Germany she won a silver medal at six ribbons. In Bucharest, Romania, at the 1993 European Championship, Taleva won a silver medal in the multidiscipline, as well as gold and silver medal at the individual championships. At the 1995 European Championship in Prague, the Czech Republic, she won one gold medal and two silver medals.</p> <p>Her initial steps in sport Taleva made in 1984 at the Sports school under the coaches Pepa Pandzherova and Nataliya Moravenova. She graduated from the National Sports Academy. Until 1990 she competed for the team of Trakiya (Plovdiv) under the coaches Miglena Gineva and Nadya Aleksandrova, after which she moved to the team of Levski (Sofia). From 1991 until 1996 she was part of the national team &ndash; the women ensemble.</p> Sevdalin Marinov – Weightlifting http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/659 <p>Born on 11.06.1968 in Asenovgrad</p> <p>On 18.09.1988 Sevdalin Marinov became an Olympic champion in Seoul, South Korea, in the 52 kg category with a record of 120 kg in the pushing and of 270 in the duel. Marinov became one of the three youngest Bulgarian Olympic champions in weightlifting (20 years, 3 months and 7 days). He is a three-time World (1985 in S&ouml;dert&auml;lje, Sweden, 1986 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and 1987 in Ostrava, Czech Republic) and a five-time European champion (1985 in Katowice, Poland, 1986 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Germany, 1987 in Reims, France, 1988 in Cardiff, UK, and 1990 in Aalborg, Denmark). He also has a silver medal from the 1989 World Championship. In the period between 1985 and 1988, he was literally unbeatable at major forums in the category of up to 52 kg. He has a total of 6 World and 9 Olympic records.</p> <p>In 1979 Sevdalin Marinov started his training at the Vasil Levski Sports School and trained under the coach Dimitar Stoykov. He competed consecutively for the teams of Asenovets (from 1978 until 1983), Maritsa (from 1983 until 1987) and CSKA (from 1988 until 1991). In 1991 Marinov settled in Australia and after 1993 continued his career in the Green Continent. In 1994 he became a champion of the Commonwealth Games in the category of 64 kg. Sevdalin Marinov stopped his active sports career in 1995 and became coach of the Hawthorn Sports Club &ndash; the best club in Australia. He then was employed as the head coach of Victorian Weightlifting and as a coach of the Australian junior team and as an assistant to the men and women national coach. Since 1999 he has been a coach under the IOC program for development of weightlifting in the South Pacific. Marinov was also Australian national coach between 2002 and 2007. He was engaged as a technical person for the Sydney Olympics in Australia in 2000 and the London Olympics in the UK in 2012. In 2001 he was national coach of Malaysia. Marinov returned to Bulgaria in 2008 and was appointed as the General Director during the World Junior Championship in Sofia in 2011. A year later (in 2012) he became the national coach of Bahrain. The Maltese Local Federation appointed him as an advisor for 2013 and 2014. He is also international judge &ndash; second category.</p> Stefan Topurov – Weightlifting http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/20/660 <p>Born on 11.08.1964 in Asenovgrad</p> <p>Stefan Topurov won a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games in South Korea, a gold medal at the 1987 Ostrava World Championship in the Czech Republic, as well as two silver medals at the 1983 Moscow World Championship in Russia and in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1986. He is two-time European Champion &ndash; from Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, in 1984 and from Reims, France, in 1987, as well as two-time vice-champion &ndash; from Moscow, Russia, in 1983 and from Cardiff, UK, in 1988. He competed in the 60 kg category. At the World and European Championships, which took place in Moscow in 1983, Topurov pushed 180 kilograms and became the first person in the world to lift his own weight three times. He has improved 22 world records.</p> <p>Topurov started training weightlifting in 1977 in his hometown under the coach Petar Arnaudov. He graduated from the Vasil Levski Sports School in Plovdiv. He competed for the teams of Asenovets (from 1977 until 1979), Maritsa (from 1979 until 1982) and CSKA (from 1982 until 1992). Stefan Topurov is an honorary citizen of Asenovgrad.</p>