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Zoja Grancharova
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Country represented

Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria

Born

May 6 1966 (1966-05-06) (age 55)

Club

Levski Spartak

Coach

Sztanka Pavlova

Current status

Retired

Zoja Grancharova (born 6 May, 1966) is a retired Bulgarian artistic gymnast. Grancharova was the first Bulgarian woman to win a gymnastics medal at a World Championships.

Career

Grancharova made her international debut in 1980 at the Balkan Championships. The following year she attended the World Championships in Moscow where she won a bronze medal on the floor exercise. In 1982 Grancharova traveled to the United States where she won the American Cup, tying with American Julianne McNamara. Grancharova attended her second World Championships in 1983 where she placed 4th with the Bulgarian team and advanced to the all-around and floor exercise finals but did not medal. Due to the boycott of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Grancharova was not able to attend an Olympic Games. She retired at the end of 1984. 

Post-Retirement

Following retirement, Grancharova moved to Canada with her husband and son. She later had a daughter. Grancharova is currently coaching in Toronto. 

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1980 Balkan Championships 2nd 2nd
Junior Friendship Tournament 4 7
1981 Balkan Championships 2nd 5 2nd 2nd 5
Blume Memorial 6 2nd
Moscow News 10
Moscow World Championships 4 17 3rd
1982 American Cup 1st 1st
Golden Sands 2nd 1st 1st
Rome Grand Prix 8
Tokyo Cup 2nd 3rd
1983 Balkan Championships 2nd
Gothenburg European Championships 6 7 6 4
Budapest World Championships 4 8 5
1984 Chunichi Cup 10
Golden Sands 3rd
Olomouc Friendship Games 12 5 6
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