Vasil Etropolski

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Vasil Etropolski
Personal information
Birth nameВасил Михайлов•Етрополски[1]
Full nameVasil Mihaylov•Etropolski[1]
Born (1959-03-18) 18 March 1959 (age 65)
Sofia, Bulgaria[1]
EmployerNew York Athletic Club[2]
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Achievements and titles
World finals1983 sabre world champion

Vasil Etropolski (born 18 March 1959) is a Bulgarian fencer and fencing coach. He competed in the individual and team sabre events at the 1980 and 1988 Summer Olympics.[3] He also won the 1983 sabre world championship.[4] He is the twin brother of Khristo Etropolski, who also fenced for Bulgaria at the 1980 and 1988 Olympics.[5]

At the New York Athletic Club he coached Stephen Kovacs, a sabre fencer who in 1989 won the United States Fencing Association (USFA) Under-17 saber championship, and in 1990 won the USFA Under-20 (Junior) saber championship.[6][7][8] Kovacs later became a fencing coach, was charged with the sexual assault of two of his students, and died in prison in 2022.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "Olympedia – Vasil Etropolski".
  2. ^ "Luke La Valle Tribute: Notre Dame Mourns The Passing Of A Fencing Great". Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Official Athletics Website. 19 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Vasil Etropolski Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Bulgarian Wins In World Fencing". The New York Times. 25 July 1983.
  5. ^ "Vassil Etropolski gave Bulgaria its first World Fencing Championship..." UPI.
  6. ^ Bornstein, Arnold (5 June 1994). "En Garde! Father-and-Son Fencing". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Under-I7 Men's Saber", American Fencing, p. 24, March/April/May 1989.
  8. ^ "Winners of Individual and Team Championships". The New York Times. 30 December 1990. p. 4 S.
  9. ^ Cecilia Levine (19 January 2022). "NJ Fencing Coach Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 2 Teens Dies In Jail: Report". Somerset Daily Voice.

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