Bulgaria at the Winter Olympics

Bulgaria missed the inaugural 1924 Chamonix Winter Olympic Games in France up to 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games, but finally made its appearance at the 1936 Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and has appeared at the highly awaited event from then on. Bulgaria’s National Olympic Committee was established in 1923.

The Southeastern European nation is a force to contend with in the Summer Olympics but not in the Winter Games. Since joining the Winter Games in 1936 the nation just managed to capture a solitary gold medal courtesy of Ekaterina Dafovska who took first place in the women’s individual event in biathlon at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games.

Ivan Lebanov handed Bulgaria its first ever medal at the Winter Games when he pocketed a bronze in the 30-km cross-country skiing. Evgenia Radanova is the nation’s most bemedaled athlete with 3 medals (2 silver and 1 bronze).

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