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Bulgaria and Greece at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver

06 February 2010 / 09:02:52  GRReporter
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The Greek delegation for the Winter Olympic Games will leave for Vancouver on 07.02.2010. In the delegation will be the athletes: Vasilis Dimitriadis (giant slalom), Lefteris Fafalis (cross-country skiing), Athanassios Tsakiris (biathlon), Sophia Ralli (ski slalom), Stefanos Aleksios Tsimikalis (alpine skiing). Lefteris Fafalis who is currently at a competition outside Greece will travel to Vancouver by himself. The following week for Vancouver will also leave the President of the Greek Olympic Committee – Spiros Kapralos and the secretary in chief Manolis Katsiadakis. According to the words of the leader of the delegation Vasilis Kotsaras, the main goal for the athletes during the games, which will be held between February 12th and 28th will be to qualify among the first 30 as each place better than the first thirty would be equal to a medal for Greece. According to Kotsaras the Greek athletes already have a medal and this is the medal for clear sport, the sport without doping and stimulating substances, of the respect to the task which Greece has assigned to them.

With hopes to qualify among the fist 30 during the 21st Winter Olympic Games are also the Bulgarian athletes. Our delegation of 18 athletes already left for Vancouver. The highest expectations for a good performance are for the cross-country skier Veselin Tsinzov, who has been assigned the task to qualify among the first 30. The participation of Tsinzow and the two Bulgarian athletes Antonia Grigorova – Burogova and Theodora Malcheva in the Winter Olympic Games will be their debut, however according to the senior coach of the team the qualification of the three athletes among the first 30 during the Olympic Games would be a merited achievement for the young athletes.

During the ceremony for the opening of the games, which will be held on February 12th the Bulgarian flag will be carried by the best snowboarder in Bulgaria – Alexandra Jekova. Her name is related to the greatest hope of the country for a medal in Vancouver.

Here are the names of the Bulgarian athletes in the 6 sports which our country will participate in – short track: Evgenia Radanova, Marina Georgieva – Nikolova, Asen Pandov, snowboard: Alexandra Jekova, alpine skiing: Kilian Albrecht, Stefan Georgiev, Maria Kirkova, cross-country skiing: Antonia Grigorova, Teodora Malcheva, Veselin Tsinzov, biathlon: Krasimir Anev, Vladimir Iliev, Mihail Klechorov, Martin Bogdanov, Miroslav Kenanov, Nina Klenovska, bobsled: Petar Iliev, Ivan Papukchiev

Tags: Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Bulgarian delegation Greek delegation Olympic movement
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