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Famous Athletes from Bulgaria

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List of famous athletes from Bulgaria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Bulgaria has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Bulgarian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Bulgaria and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Bulgaria then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different athletes, including Kristian Dobrev and Ivan Kokonov.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Bulgarian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Bulgaria?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Bulgaria in order to get more information about each one.
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Maxim Staviski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Maxim Staviski (Bulgarian: Максим Стависки, born 16 November 1977) is a Russian-born naturalized Bulgarian ice dancer. With partner and fiancée Albena Denkova, he is a two-time ...more
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Dimitar Berbatov is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
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Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov (Bulgarian: Димитър Иванов Бербатов [diˈmitɐr bɛrˈbatɔf]; born 30 January 1981) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who is currently a free agent. A striker, he ...more
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Evgenia Radanova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Evgenia Radanova (Bulgarian: Евгения Раданова, born 4 November 1977) is a Bulgarian female short track speed skater and racing cyclist who has participated in both the Summer and Winter ...more
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Manuela Maleeva is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Manuela Georgieva Maleeva-Fragnière (Bulgarian: Мануела Георгиева Малеева) (born 14 February 1967) is a Bulgarian former professional tennis player. She played on the WTA Tour between ...more

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Stefka Kostadinova is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Stefka Georgieva Kostadinova (Bulgarian: Стефка Георгиева Костадинова; born March 25, 1965) is a Bulgarian retired athlete who competed in the high jump. Her world record of 2.09 metres has ...more
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Tsvetana Pironkova is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Tsvetana Kirilova Pironkova (Bulgarian: Цветана Кирилова Пиронкова [tsvɛˈtana pirɔnˈkɔva]) (born 13 September 1987) is a Bulgarian professional tennis player. She was the highest ranked ...more

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Naim Süleymanoğlu ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Naim Süleymanoğlu (born Naim Suleimanov; 23 January 1967 – 18 November 2017) was a Turkish world and Olympic Champion in weightlifting, who was nicknamed “The Pocket Hercules” because of ...more
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Noelle Quinn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Noelle Quinn (born January 3, 1985) is a former American professional basketball player for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) now as an assistant coach, and ...more
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Maria Grozdeva is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Maria Zdravkova Grozdeva (Bulgarian: Мария Здравкова Гроздева, née Григорова, Grigorova; born on 23 June 1972 ) is a Bulgarian sport shooter, concentrating on both 25 metre pistol and 10 ...more
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Doneeka Lewis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Doneeka Danyell Lewis, née Hodges (born July 19, 1982), is an American professional basketball currently playing for Olympiacos in Greece. A 5-9 guard, she was drafted with the 25th ...more
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Rumyana Neykova is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Rumyana Neykova (Bulgarian: Румяна Нейкова; born 6 April 1973 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian rower. Neykova competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics, the 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2000 Summer Olympics, ...more
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Pavlina Filipova is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Pavlina Ivanovna Filipova (Bulgarian: Павлина Иванова Фипипова); born December 20, 1975 in Berkovitsa) is a Bulgarian biathlete. Her professional sporting career began in 1996. She has competed ...more
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Anna Krasteva is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Anna Krasteva is a short track speed skater.
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Daniela Vlaeva is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Daniela Vlaeva is a short track speed skater.
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Katerina Maleeva is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Katerina Maleeva (Bulgarian: Катерина Малеева) (born 7 May 1969) is a former top 10 Bulgarian tennis player. She played in the WTA Tour, competing in singles, doubles and mixed doubles between ...more
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Tsvetanka Khristova is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Tsvetanka Pavlova Khristova (Bulgarian: Цветанка Павлова Христова) (sometimes spelled Tsvetanka Hristova, 14 March 1962 – 14 November 2008) was a Bulgarian discus thrower. She won gold at the ...more
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Peter Iliev is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Peter Iliev (Bulgarian: Петър Илиев) (born June 11, 1984) is a Bulgarian luger who has competed since 2000. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 31st in the men's ...more
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Armen Nazaryan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Armen Nazaryan (Armenian: Արմեն Նազարյան, born 9 March 1974) is an Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler who later represented Bulgaria. Nazaryan is a two-time Olympic Champion (1996, 2000), a ...more
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Mariya Petkova is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Mariya Dimitrova Petkova (Bulgarian: Мария Димитрова Петкова, née Vergova (Вергова); born 3 November 1950 in Plovdiv) is a retired Bulgarian discus thrower. In 1976 she won an Olympic ...more
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Alexandra Jekova is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
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Ivet Lalova is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Ivet Miroslavova Lalova-Collio (Bulgarian: Ивет Мирославова Лалова-Колио, born 18 May 1984 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian athlete who specialises in the 100 metres and 200 metres sprint events. She is ...more
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Petya Nedelcheva is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Petya Nedelcheva (Bulgarian: Петя Неделчева) (born July 30, 1983) is a Bulgarian badminton player. She was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. At the Bulgarian National Badminton Championships she ...more
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Tereza Marinova is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Tereza Moncheva Marinova (Bulgarian: Тереза Мончева Маринова; born 5 September 1977 in Pleven) is a Bulgarian athlete who competed in long jump and triple jump.
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Ekaterina Dafovska is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Ekaterina Dafovska (Bulgarian: Екатерина Дафовска) (born 28 November 1975, Chepelare, Bulgaria) is a Bulgarian biathlete. She did not take up the biathlon until 1992. She made the national team ...more
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Yordan Yovchev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Bulgaria
Yordan Yovchev Yovchev (Bulgarian: Йордан Йовчев Йовчев; born February 24, 1973), also spelled Jordan Jovtchev, is a retired Bulgarian gymnast. He took part in six consecutive Olympic Games, ...more