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Nazeli "Nazik" Avdalyan (Armenian: Նազիկ "Նազելի" Ավդալյան, born October 31, 1986 in Gyumri, Armenia) is an Armenian weightlifter.

Nazik Avdalyan
Personal information
Born (1986-10-31) October 31, 1986 (age 32)
Height1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb)
Country Armenia
Event(s)Women's 69 kg


Avdalyan won a gold medal at the 2009 World Weightlifting Championships. Avdalyan is the first ever weightlifter from the independent Republic of Armenia to win a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships and the first ever woman from Armenia to win a world championship in any sport.[1]

Armenian Sport Journalists Federation conducted an annual survey among 52 Armenian sport journalists who voted Nazik Avdalyan the best Armenian sportswoman of 2009. Avdalyan won by a record 520 points.[2]

On April 26, 2010, Avdalyan got in a car crash on Yerevan-Gyumri motorway and was taken to Gyumri hospital. She had received multiple bone fractures and a spine injury. Advalyan was transferred to Yerevan's Erebuni medical centre for additional examination and underwent lumbar surgery on April 28.[3] After the rehabilitation process, Avdalyan said she will be able to compete in sports again in 2013.[4] After seven years of absence Avdalyan made a huge comeback and won a gold medal at the 2016 European Weightlifting Championships.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Nazik Avdalyan was married to former weightlifter Erik Karapetyan on June 9, 2012 in Yerevan, Armenia. The couple had been engaged for a long time but the wedding was delayed because of Avdalyan's car accident.[6] In November, Avdalyan gave birth to a boy, Vache՛.[7]


  1. ^ "Snatched, Cleaned, Jerked, Crowned!: Nazik Avdalyan becomes independent Armenia's first weight lifting world champ". Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Nazik Avdalyan — best Armenian sportswoman". Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  3. ^ "World weightlifting champion Nazik Avdalyan gets in car crash". PanARMENIAN.Net. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Nazik Avdalyan will be back to sports in two years". PanARMENIAN.Net. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  5. ^ Forde-2016, Results
  6. ^ "Weightlifting female World Champion gets married". Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Նազիկ Ավդալյան."Վաչեն շատ է սիրում մեր զբոսանքները"" [Nazik Avdalyan: Vache՛ enjoys our walks] (in Armenian). February 19, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2016.