|DUNAVSKA Adriana Bulgaria
|Last update: 05/09/2011|
|Date of birth:||21/04/1969||Age:||45|
|Place of birth:||SOFIA||
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|Adriana Dunavska is the first Bulgarian Rhythmic Olympic medallist. In Seoul’88 she won Silver in a tough and exhausting competition, finishing behind the winner Marina Lobatch, but in front of the new rising star, Alexandra Timoshenko (both from the USSR). The hot favourite, Bianka Panova (Bul) who swept the gold at the previous World Championships in Varna (Bul), finished only 4th, after she dropped the clubs.
Adriana was a gymnast with a unique style. First and most of all. she was dynamic and obviously knew very well exactly what "apparatus technique" is all about. More than this, she was simply an unusual gymnast, always innovative in her routines. She was the first top level gymnast to experiment with drum music as an accompaniment (ball 1986).
At the beginning of her international career she was considered best with the ball (Gold at the Europeans in Florence'86). Then, it turned to the rope (Gold at the Worlds in Varna'87). Later on the hoop, as well as the ball and the ribbon has been considered to be her strongest weapons. In short, Adriana was able to constantly impress the world with new skills and new ideas. The explanation of this " secret" is simple. Adriana was an impressively hard worker.
Adriana has a twin sister, Kamelia and the duet Dunavski is a name enjoying enormous respect in Bulgaria. Both started Rhythmic Gymnastics under the coaching of Borislava Kiutchukova in the Sofia's CSKA Club; before long they moved to Svetla Koltchevska. In the National Squad they worked, of course under the guidance of Neshka Robeva.
In Dunavski's early gymnastic years Kamelia was the more successful. Each time Adriana lacked courage or ambition, it was Kamelia who gave it to her. During the last 3-4 years of their competitive career Kamelia turned to be the pole group exercise Bulgarian gymnast (she was leading the Team to the golds at the Worlds in Varna'87 and at the Europeans in Helsinki'88). Adriana shaped her talent into one of a strong individual competitor. Originality became her creed and labour her way to achieve it.
Now both Adriana and Kamelia Dunavski live in their native city of Sofia. They are both married and both are mothers. Adriana has a 5 years old son; Kamelia a 3 year old daughter. The twins have opened their own Rhythmic Gymnastics Club.