Elitsa Yankova

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Elitsa Yankova
Wrestling at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Stadnik vs Yankova 8.jpg
Yankova (green) against Mariya Stadnik during the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Born18 September 1994 (1994-09-18) (age 24)
Varna, Bulgaria
Height153 cm (5.02 ft)[1]

Elitsa Atanasova Yankova (Bulgarian: Елица Атанасова Янкова, 18 September 1994) is a Bulgarian freestyle wrestler. She participated in the 48 kg competition in 2016 Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal.[2] This became the first 2016 Olympics medal for Bulgaria.[3]

As an adolescent, Yankova had ambitions for short-distance running in track and field, but later switched to freestyle wrestling. Her father, Atanas Yankov, is a former Greco-Roman wrestler.[1]

In 2009, Yankova, though she failed to secure a spot at the European Championships, was noticed by coach Petar Kasabov, who convinced her to start training under him with the Levski sports club. In 2013, she became a junior world champion. She also holds a number of national titles.[1] In 2015, Yankova damaged her spine, but recovered and returned to wrestling.[1]

Yankova's hobby is folk dancing. She is a student at the South-West University.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Stankova, Krasimira (20 August 2016). "Елица Янкова – Лъвското сърце" (in Bulgarian). Trud. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Elitsa Atanasova Yankova". 2016 Summer Olympics. 17 August 2016. Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Elitsa Yankova brings first medal for team Bulgaria at Rio Olympics". Novitine. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.