Kristina Rangelova

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Kristina Rangelova
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Personal information
Full nameKristina Rangelova-Yankova
Country represented Bulgaria
Born (1985-01-24) 24 January 1985 (age 34)
Sofia, Bulgaria
ResidenceDublin, Ireland
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
DisciplineRhythmic gymnastics
Years on national team1999–2009
ClubClub Levski-Iliana
Head coach(es)Iliana Raeva
Assistant coach(es)Tatiana Stoyanova,

Ina Ananieva,

Mariela Pashalieva
ChoreographerTsvetanka Petkova
Retired2009

Kristina Rangelova-Yankova (Bulgarian: Кристина Рангелова; born January 24, 1985 in Sofia, Bulgaria) is a Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast. Olympic medalist 2004 Athens, World Champion 2005 Baku and Europe Champion 2003 Riesa

Career[edit]

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Rangelova began her training at the tender age of just 4 years old in CSKA Sofia Club. As a child she dreamed of becoming a world champion and along with that collecting photos of famous gymnasts
She is multiple champion of Bulgaria and also champion of international tournaments.

1999 European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Budapest Rangelova made her official debut, as a 14-year-old, where she took the silver medal with 5 ribbons.
2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia the Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics team took 7th place in the final group all-around with the final score of 38.432 (19.166 for five clubs, 19.266 for two hoops and three ribbons).[1]

2003 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Rangelova pulled off the second highest score both in ribbons and in hoops and clubs to hand the Bulgarians a silver medal in the group all-around with the final score of 50.175, and a qualifying ticket to her second Olympics.[2]

2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Rangelova competed for the Bulgarian women's rhythmic gymnastics team in the group all-around, after receiving a qualifying berth from the World Championships.[2] Teaming with Zhaneta Ilieva, Eleonora Kezhova, Zornitsa Marinova, and twin sisters Galina and Vladislava Tancheva in the competition, Rangelova performed a double routine using five ribbons (23.400) and a combination of three hoops and two balls (25.200) to deliver the Bulgarian squad a bronze-medal score in 48.600.[3][4][5]

Kristina Rangelova Olympic Games Athens 2004

Kristina was the flag bearer for Bulgaria during the closing ceremony.

2005 World Championships in Baku, Rangelova and Bulgarian team finished on 1st place with (5 ribbons) with a score in 14.475. , three 4th places (all around), (3 hoops 2 clubs) and (team).

Life after gymnastics[edit]

2005 World Championships in Baku, Rangelova was determined to continue on with her passion and sporting career, together with all girls, from her team. Rangelova began to study in National Sport Academy, where she completed a bachelor's degree in 2011
In 2006 Rangelova married Petar Yankov, a Bulgarian stunt performer and had a daughter, named Nikita in 2007. Seven months after she returned to the sport with all her girls from her team after two years taken some time out to compete in the World Championships. This is the first case in the history of rhythmic gymnastics, the Bulgarian team with Rangelova took 7th and 4th place on World Championships in Mie 2009, Japan. She also captured the gold medal for the Bulgarian team in the group all-around tournament at the 2009 French Grand Prix Series in Thiais.[6]
World Cup 2009 in Kiev, Ukraine Bronze medal,
World Cup 2009 in Pesaro, Italy silver and bronze medals,
World Cup 2009 Portimao, Portugal silver medal,
World Cup 2009 Budapest, Hungary gold and silver medals
2009 Kristina Rangelova terminated her sporting career.
In 2010 Rangelova, gave birth to her second daughter named Dalia in Sofia.

As from 2012 Rangelova now lives in Dublin, Ireland with her family and set up her very own Elite Rhythmic Gymnastics Club in Dublin. She is currently a judge in rhythmic gymnastics and National Performance Coach

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sydney 2000: Rhythmic Gymnastics – Group Competition (Final)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 26. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Bulgarians Win Silver and Qualify for the Athens Olympics". Standart. 28 September 2003. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Women's Rhythmic Gymnastics Group All-Around". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Russia takes rhythmic gymnastics group all-round gold". Xinhua. People's Daily. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Twins Celebrate Rhythmic Bronze with Oriental Dances". Novinite. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Bulgaria's Rhythmic Gymnasts Grab Gold in France". Standart. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2013.

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