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Valentin Yordanov

Full name: Valentin Dimitrov Yordanov
Original name: Валентин Димитров Йорданов
Gender: Male
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: January 26, 1960 in Sandrovo, Ruse, Bulgaria
Affiliations: Slavia Sofia, Sofia (BUL)
Country: BUL Bulgaria
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Valentin Yordanov is one of the most titled wrestlers in history. In addition to his two Olympic medals (1992 bronze, 1996 gold), Yordanov won seven World Championships – 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1993-1995 – and seven European Championships – 1982-83, 1985-89. His 10 World medals is the most won by a single wrestler. Yordanov emigrated to the United States in 1990 but continued to wrestle for Bulgaria, eventually retiring after the 1996 Olympics. He later became a member of the FILA Athletes’ Commission and was President of the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation from 1998-2007.

In the United States Yordanov lived and trained in Delaware at the estate of John Eleuthère du Pont with the Foxcatcher Team. Du Pont was the heir to the DuPont chemical fortune who later became mentally unstable and killed American wrestling gold medalist Dave Schultz. After his death, it was revealed that du Pont had bequeathed 80% of his considerable estate to Yordanov. This was challenged by the du Pont family, but the courts ruled in Yordanov’s favor.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Freestyle Bulgaria BUL 8
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Freestyle Bulgaria BUL 3 Bronze
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Freestyle Bulgaria BUL 1 Gold

Men's Flyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result CP MR TP
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 8 1988-09-28
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Six 3 1988-09-29 17,0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Six Match #1 2 1988-09-29 Tohuzov (URS) decision (14-1), Yordanov (BUL) 0,5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Five 3 1988-09-29 16,5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Five Match #1 2 1988-09-29 Trstena (YUG) decision (11-5), Yordanov (BUL) 1,0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Four 1T 1988-09-29 15,5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Four Match #4 AC 1988-09-29 Yordanov (BUL) 4,0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Three 1T 1988-09-28 11,5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Three Match #4 1 1988-09-28 Yordanov (BUL) decision (19-6), Chertow (USA) 3,5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Two 1T 1988-09-28 8,0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Two Match #7 1 1988-09-28 Yordanov (BUL) decision (17-1) (2:57), Diallo (GUI) 4,0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round One 1T 1988-09-28 4,0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round One Match #7 1 1988-09-28 Yordanov (BUL) fall (2:02), Negron (PUR) 4,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 3 1992-08-03
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Final Round Match 3/4 1 1992-08-05 Yordanov (BUL) decision (9-3), Kim (KOR)
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Six 2 1992-08-04 14,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Six Match #1 2 1992-08-04 Li (PRK) decision (6-4), Yordanov (BUL) 1,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Five 2 1992-08-04 13,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Five Match #2 AC 1992-08-04 Yordanov (BUL) 0,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Four 2 1992-08-04 13,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Four Match #1 1 1992-08-04 Yordanov (BUL) decision (6-4), Orel (TUR) 3,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Three 2 1992-08-03 10,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Three Match #2 1 1992-08-03 Yordanov (BUL) decision (3-2) (6:26), Torkan (IRI) 3,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Two 2T 1992-08-03 7,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round Two Match #4 1 1992-08-03 Yordanov (BUL) fall (1:49), Oziti (NGR) 4,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round One 4 1992-08-03 3,0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Group A - Round One Match #4 1 1992-08-03 Yordanov (BUL) decision (2-1), Tohuzov (EUN) 3,0
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 1 1996-07-31
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Final Round Match 1/2 1 1996-08-01 Yordanov (BUL) decision (4-3) (6:29), Abdullayev (AZE) 4
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1996-08-01 Yordanov (BUL) decision (7-3) (5:00), Mamyrov (KAZ) 7
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Quarter-Finals Match #4 AC 1996-08-01 Yordanov (BUL)
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Two Match #5 1 1996-07-31 Yordanov (BUL) decision (4-2) (5:00), Mongush (RUS) 4
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round One Match #8 1 1996-07-31 Yordanov (BUL) fall (10-0) (1:59), Rodríguez (MEX) 10
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