Irina Konstantinova

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Irina Konstantinova
Personal information
Full name Irina Konstantinova-Bontemps
Nationality  Bulgaria
Born (1976-07-10) 10 July 1976 (age 38)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Class(es) Sailboard
Club ASPTT Nantes[1]
Coach Jean-Claude Menard[1]

Irina Konstantinova-Bontemps (Bulgarian: Ирина Константинова; born 10 July 1976 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian windsurfer, who specialized in Neil Pryde RS:X class.[1][2] She represented Bulgaria in four editions of the Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012), and has also placed outside the top ten in both Mistral and RS:X classes. In 2006, Konstantinova married French windsurfer, two-time world champion, and later 2008 Olympic silver medalist Julien Bontemps before she relocated to France, and trained for ASPTT Nantes.[3][4] As of September 2013, Konstantinova is ranked no. 88 in the world for the sailboard class by the International Sailing Federation.

Konstantinova made her official debut at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where she placed twenty-fourth in women's Mistral sailboard with a net score of 193 points.[5] At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Konstantinova posted a remarkable grade of 152 to pull off a nineteenth-place effort in the same program.[6]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Konstantinova narrowly missed out on the medal race by four points, as she finished twelfth overall in the newly introduced RS:X class with a net score of 101.[7]

Twelve years after competing in her first Olympics, Konstantinova qualified for her fourth Bulgarian team, as a 36-year-old, in the RS:X class at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London by receiving a berth from the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Western Australia.[8] Delivering a mediocre effort in the opening races, Konstantinova dropped to twenty-second place overall in a fleet of twenty-six sailors with a net score of 180 points.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Irina Konstantinova-Bontemps". London 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Irina Konstantinova-Bontemps". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Zhao, Ruixue (14 August 2008). "Sailing couple competes for different nations". China Daily. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "JO-2012 – Voile: Julien Bontemps, "au summum de son art" en planche à voile" [2012 Olympics – Sailing: Julien Bontemps, "at the height of his art" in windsurfing] (in French). Eurosport. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sydney 2000: Sailing – Women's Mistral One Design Class" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 81. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Women's Mistral Sailboard". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Women's RS:X". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Irina Konstantinova-Bontemps Set For Fourth Olympic Games". ISAF. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Women's RS:X". London 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 

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