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Ivan Lebanov

Full name: Ivan Lebanov
Original name: Иван Лебанов
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: December 10, 1957 in Gostun, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Affiliations: CSKA Sofia, Sofia (BUL)
Country: BUL Bulgaria
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, Ivan Lebanov became Bulgaria's first Winter Olympic medallist, winning a bronze medal in the 30 km. This came as a major surprise, having previously achieved only modest international results, with the exception of becoming World Junior Champion in 1977, and World Student Championships in 1978 and 1981. Capturing multiple national titles in all distances, Lebanov was elected Bulgarian winter athlete of the 20th century. After his active career, Lebanov was active as an administrator in both the Bulgarian Olympic Committee and the Bulgarian Skiing Federation. He also became involved in politics, and in 2007 he was elected mayor of Velingrad, the town in which he grew up.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Bulgaria BUL 24
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Bulgaria BUL 14
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Bulgaria BUL 15
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Bulgaria BUL 3 Bronze

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria Final Standings 24 47:02.41 22:44.45 24 34:32.62 21
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria Final Standings 15 43:37.32 13:53.92 14 26:53.25 15

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria Final Standings 3 1-28:03.87 28:51.06 3 44:57.59 2 58:26.42 3

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 14 35:12.89 1-12:23.73 14