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I’ll start today’s entry with a trivia question. What do the following years have in common?
1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Sure, they are all years that the Olympic games took place, but they are also years that Jordan Jovtchev has competed as an Olympian. This 39 year old husband, father, and coach is currently competing in his 6th straight Olympic games. On Saturday, he qualified for the rings finals.
His qualifying performance can be seen below.
As for his motivations, one is to keep gymnastics alive in his country. Jovtchev is the president of Bulgarian’s gymnastics federation. In his own words,
“If we didn’t have a male going to the Olympics, it would’ve been tough for the Bulgarian gymnastics federation to survive.”
In other words, Jovtchev is the Bulgarian Olympic team. He’s doing all that he can to ensure the sport’s survival and future growth in Bulgaria.This means competing at an almost unheard of age for world class gymnasts. It also means competing with nagging injuries that would have sidelined many others. He’s currently dealing with a partially torn bicep and a partially broken wrist.
More about this incredibly inspiring man can be seen below. The video is well worth a look…
We are always the same age inside. – Gertrude Stein