Elizabeth Koleva

Elizabeth Koleva (Bulgarian: Елизабет Колева, born 11 November 1972 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian individual rhythmic gymnast.

Elizabeth Koleva
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Personal information
Country represented Bulgaria
Born (1972-11-11) 11 November 1972 (age 50)
DisciplineRhythmic gymnastics
Medal record
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Representing  Bulgaria
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1987 Varna All-around
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Varna Ribbon
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1988 Helsinki All-around
Gold medal – first place 1988 Helsinki Rope
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Helsinki Clubs
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1987 Athens All-around
Gold medal – first place 1987 Athens Rope
Gold medal – first place 1987 Athens Hoop
Gold medal – first place 1987 Athens Ball
Gold medal – first place 1987 Athens Ribbon


Elizabeth Koleva was born in the city of Sofia. Elizabeth began her sports career and gymnastics at club Slavia. She was one of the Golden Girls of Bulgaria that dominated Rhythmic Gymnastics in the 1980s.

Koleva had good results as a junior, At the 1987 European Junior Championships she won the All-around title, as well as the gold medal in all four apparatus (rope, hoop, ball, ribbon) and achieved a maximum score of 40.00 points.[1] She advanced to Senior the following year and at the 1987 World Championships Koleva tied with teammate Adriana Dunavska for the silver medal in the all-around, she also won a bronze medal at the Ribbon finals.

In 1988, Koleva tied with teammate Dunavska and Soviet gymnast Alexandra Timoshenko for the gold at the European Championships, where she was also won a gold medal in rope and bronze in clubs final.

Koleva retired early at only 16 years old. She later became a coach at her home club Slavia. She married Bulgarian national volleyball and later national coach of the men's volleyball team Martin Stoev. Koleva now lives in Italy with her husband and two children ( Marina and Eric ).


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