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Ekaterina Dafovska

Full name: Ekaterina Stefanova Dafovska (-Prodanova)
Original name: Екатерина Стефанова Дафовска (-Проданова)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: November 28, 1975 in Chepelare, Smolyan, Bulgaria
Affiliations: SC Chepelare, Chepelare (BUL)
Country: BUL Bulgaria
Sport: Biathlon

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Ekaterina Dafovska became Bulgaria's first - and, through 2006, only - Winter Olympic champion at the 1998 Nagano Games. Despite having previously medalled in the 1995 and 1997 World Championships, taking a bronze in the 15 km on both occasions, her Olympic title in the same event still came as somewhat of a surprise. In addition to her Olympic title, Dafovska won the 2004 European title in the 15 km, and was victorious in five World Cup events. With three wins, her best season came in 2002/2003, when she also placed fourth in the overall World Cup. Dafovska was also elected Bulgarian Athlete of the year in 1998. After her retirement in 2007, Dafovska opened a hotel-resort in the Bulgarian Rhodope mountains.

Results

Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M S1T S1R S2T S2R
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 29 27:54.4 1 0 1
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 29 25:06.7 2 0 2 8:20.2 18 17:47.1 26
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 15 22:17.7 2 0 2 6:26.4 3 16:12.0 12
2006 Winter 30 Torino Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 33 24:23.2 2 0 2 8:22.7 20 17:22.8 37

Women's 10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M SB RT RR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 10 32:22.6 2 +1:36 30:46.6 7 0 7:15.7 9 1 13:44.6 14 1 20:48.0 12 0 27:06.8 9
2006 Winter 30 Torino Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 28 42:07.6 6 +1:52 40:15.6 25 0 9:30.6 21 1 17:36.3 20 3 26:47.6 29 2 35:33.1 28

Women's 12.5 kilometres Mass Start

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
2006 Winter 30 Torino Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 8 42:09.4 3 1 9:12.5 15 1 17:55.0 14 0 26:08.7 7 1 34:53.6 8

Women's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT M ST SR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 1 54:52.0 1 53:52.0 8 0 10:57.2 9 0 22:12.4 4 1 34:02.0 7 0 45:21.9 1
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 5 48:15.5 1 47:15.5 14 0 9:07.0 5 1 19:21.3 12 0 29:44.8 9 0 39:16.9 3
2006 Winter 30 Torino Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 11 52:45.1 3 49:45.1 16 0 9:58.5 =2 1 20:50.0 9 1 32:05.5 12 1 43:27.3 12

Women's 4 × 6 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M ES S1M S1ES S1T S1R S2M S2ES S2T S2R ET ER
2006 Winter 30 Torino Biathlon Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 8 20:10.7 1 5 0 2 1-07:25.0 8 1 3 1-14:50.9 8 1-20:38.7 8

Women's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M ET ER ES S1ES S2ES S1T S1R S2T S2R
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Biathlon Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 13 29:26.1 1 1 0 1-30:46.7 12
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Biathlon Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 16 24:56.4 0 0 0 53:02.4 15 0 0 0
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Biathlon Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 4 22:00.6 0 0 0 1-29:25.8 4 3 1 2 1-14:02.8 4 1-21:34.5 4