Bulgaria at the Olympics
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|NOC||Bulgarian Olympic Committee|
Bulgaria first participated at the Olympic Games at the inaugural 1896 Games, with a single gymnast. However, since Charles Champaud was a Swiss national living in Sofia, some sources credit his appearance to Switzerland instead.
The Bulgarian Olympic Committee was created in 1923 and first sent a team to the Summer Olympic Games in 1924. The nation has participated in every Summer Games since then, except for 1932 (during the Great Depression), 1948 (after World War II), and 1984, when they participated in the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics. Bulgaria first participated in the Winter Olympic Games in 1936, and has attended every Winter Games since then.
Bulgarian athletes have won a total of 224 medals, with wrestling and weightlifting as the top medal-producing sports. After the fall of the communist regime in 1989-1990, in Bulgaria's turbulent transition to free-market democracy, top-notch state support for Bulgarian Olympians disintegrated. Diminishing and marginalized medal returns were evident in the 2012 London Olympics, where Bulgaria, a former top-10 Olympic power in the late 1980s, fell out of its original high stature. Bulgaria's best performance to date has come in the 1980 Summer Olympics where they finished third in the overall medal count. In the 1988 Summer Olympics Bulgaria ranked 7th, but won the nation's largest total of medals to date. The best Winter Olympic result came in 1998 where they ranked 15th.
Medals by Summer Games
Medals by Winter Games
Medals by summer sport
Medals by winter sport
List of Medalists
|Bronze||Ivan Lebanov||1980 Lake Placid||Cross-country skiing||Cross-country skiing 30 km|
|Gold||Ekaterina Dafovska||1998 Nagano||Biathlon||Individual|
|Silver||Evgenia Radanova||2002 Salt Lake City||Short track speed skating||500 metres|
|Bronze||Irina Nikulchina||2002 Salt Lake City||Biathlon||Pursuit|
|Bronze||Evgenia Radanova||2002 Salt Lake City||Short track speed skating||1500 metres|
|Silver||Evgenia Radanova||2006 Turin||Short track speed skating||500 metres|
Bulgarian Olympic Flag Bearers
- List of flag bearers for Bulgaria at the Olympics
- Category:Olympic competitors for Bulgaria
- Bulgaria at the Paralympics