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Svetoslav Georgiev

Athletics | Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Guide
Ivan Birnikov, BUL, from 2013

Further personal information

Residence
Sofia, BUL
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Bulgarian, Czech
Higher education
Coaching - Vasil Levski National Sports Academy: Sofia, BUL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first began skiing at age seven. He took up Para cross-country skiing in 2011 at age 23 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Why this sport?
His father got him involved in sports initially, and later he took up Para sports as part of his rehabilitation. He practised Para athletics before being challenged to try a winter sport by his coaches.
Club / Team
Ski Club NSA: Sofia, BUL
Name of coach
Ivan Lebanov [Nordic skiing, national], BUL; Ivan Birnikov [Nordic skiing, personal], BUL

International debut

Year
2012 [Nordic skiing]
Competing for
Bulgaria
Location
Bulgaria

General interest

Nicknames
Svetlio, The Gun (btv.bg, 11 Apr 2021; Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hobbies
Cycling, hiking in the woods. (Athlete, 22 Dec 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing third in the long jump and the 400m when competing in Para athletics at the 2005 IBSA Youth World Championships in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America. (Athlete, 22 Dec 2021)
Most influential person in career
Bulgarian Paralympic Association president Ilia Lalov, and Bulgarian Paralympic National Sports Academy president Stefan Stoykov. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A strong body builds a healthy soul." (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the flag bearer for Bulgaria at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He was also a flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He competed in Para athletics in the T12 category at the 2006 World Championships in Assen, Netherlands. He competed in cross-country skiing at the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Dec 2021; Athlete, 29 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 22 Dec 2021)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of a cataract that was diagnosed when he was young. (btv.bg, 11 Apr 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T12 Heat 5 3
Men's 400 m T12 Heat 3 4
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Heat 3 9999
Men's Long Jump F12 Final Round 15
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually Impaired Qualification 2014-03-12 16
Men's 10 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-16 19
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-14 18
Men's 10km Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-17 16