Bulgarian Sportsperson of the Year

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Bulgarian Sportperson of the Year (Bulgarian: Спортист на годината на България, Sportist na godinata na Balgariya) is an annual award given to the best Bulgarian sportsperson of the year. The winner is selected by authorized journalists. The award was established by the Naroden Sport newspaper and specifically by Aleksandar Yasnikov. It was first given in 1958 to the basketball player Vanya Voynova. The person with the most awards is high-jumper Stefka Kostadinova with four. Traditionally, the award is given at the Sportsperson of the Year Ball which is attended by journalists, sportspeople, social figures, intellectuals, etc.

Bulgarian Sportspeople of the Year[edit]

Year Winner Sport
1958 Vanya Voynova basketball
1959 Lyutvi Ahmedov freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling
1960 Dimitar Dobrev Greco-Roman wrestling
1961 Dimitar Khlebarov athletics, pole vault
1962 Enyu Valchev freestyle wrestling
1963 Prodan Gardzhev freestyle wrestling
1964 Boyan Radev Greco-Roman wrestling
1965 Georgi Asparuhov association football
1966 Prodan Gardzhev freestyle wrestling
1967 Boyan Radev Greco-Roman wrestling
1968 Boyan Radev Greco-Roman wrestling
1969 Mikhail Zhelev athletics, 3000 metres
1970 Petar Kirov Greco-Roman wrestling
1971 Petar Kirov Greco-Roman wrestling
1972 Yordan Bikov weightlifting
1973 Nedelcho Kolev weightlifting
1974 Lilyana Tomova athletics
1975 Valentin Khristov weightlifting
1976 Ivanka Khristova athletics, shot put
1977 Totka Petrova athletics, 800 metres and 1500 metres
1978 Zdravka Yordanova and Svetla Otsetova rowing
1979 Aleksandar Tomov Greco-Roman wrestling
1980 Lyubomir Lyubenov canoeing
1981 Yanko Rusev weightlifting
1982 Blagoy Blagoev weightlifting
1983 Vasil Etropolski fencing, sabre
1984 Lyudmila Andonova-Zhecheva athletics, high jump
1985 Stefka Kostadinova athletics, high jump
1986 Yordanka Donkova athletics, 110 metre hurdles
Asen Zlatev weightlifting
1987 Stefka Kostadinova athletics, high jump
Khristo Markov athletics, triple jump
1988 Tanya Dangalakova swimming, breaststroke
Khristo Markov athletics, triple jump
1989 Vesela Letcheva sport shooting
Valentin Jordanov freestyle wrestling
1990 Stefan Botev weightlifting
1991 Serafim Todorov boxing
1992 Nikolay Bukhalov canoeing
1993 Serafim Todorov boxing
1994 Hristo Stoichkov association football
1995 Stefka Kostadinova athletics, high jump
1996 Stefka Kostadinova athletics, high jump
1997 Yoto Yotov weightlifting
1998 Ekaterina Dafovska biathlon
1999 Galabin Boevski weightlifting
2000 Tereza Marinova athletics, triple jump
2001 Yordan Yovchev artistic gymnastics
2002 Rumyana Neykova rowing
2003 Yordan Yovchev artistic gymnastics
2004 Mariya Grozdeva sport shooting
2005 Veselin Topalov chess
2006 Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski ice dancing
2007 Stanka Zlateva wrestling
2008 Rumyana Neykova rowing
2009 Detelin Dalakliev boxing
2010 Stanka Zlateva freestyle wrestling
2011 Stanka Zlateva freestyle wrestling
2012 Kubrat Pulev boxing
2013 Ivo Angelov wrestling
2014 Grigor Dimitrov tennis

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