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ZAFIROVA Erika
Bulgaria
BUL
Title
Ms
Lastname
ZAFIROVA
Firstname
Erika
Gender
female
Country
Bulgaria
Place of birth
Kyustendil
Year of birth
1999 (23 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Rhythmic Gymnastics
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Education
Vasil Levski National Sports Academy, Sofia, BUL
Family
Partner David Huddleston
Spoken languages
Bulgarian, English
Sporting relatives
Her partner David Huddleston represented Bulgaria in artistic gymnastics at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sportlive.bg, 24 Jul 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 28 Sep 2021)
Start sporting career
She began training at age seven at Velbazhd Kyustendil Gymnastics School in Kyustendil, Bulgaria. (hotarena.net, 28 Aug 2018; Bulgarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation Facebook page, 01 Jan 2017; dariknews.bg, 23 Nov 2013)
Reason for taking up the sport
She was inspired to try the sport after watching the performances of Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast Simona Peycheva. (hotarena.net, 28 Aug 2018)
Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the group all-around competition at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 09 Aug 2021)
Awards
In 2021 she and her Bulgarian teammates Laura Traets, Madlen Radukanova, Stefani Kiryakova and Simona Dyankova received the Woman of the Year award at the gala ceremony held by Grazia magazine in Bulgaria. (graziaonline.bg, 08 Oct 2021)

In September 2021 she received the title of Honorary Citizen of Kyustendil, Bulgaria, in recognition of the gold medal she won at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Bulgarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation Facebook page, 18 Sep 2021)

In 2019 she and her Bulgarian teammates Laura Traets, Simona Dyankova, Stefani Kiryakova and Madlen Radukanova were named Team of the Year at the Bulgarian Sportsperson of the Year awards after they won a silver and a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. (bnr.bg, 20 Dec 2019)
Additional information
General
RETIREMENT
In October 2021 she was part of the Bulgarian group that withdrew from the world championships in Kitakyushu, Japan, due to an injury suffered by Laura Traets. Following the withdrawal, she announced her retirement from the sport alongside her national teammates Simona Dyankova, Laura Traets, Madlen Radukanova and Stefani Kiryakova, who claimed gold together in the group event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "To be honest, I hesitated whether to continue training and competing. I decided to retire with the team because this is my peak moment, and there is simply nothing more to take from the sport. I took everything - the love of the people, all the highest successes that an athlete can achieve, so I retired satisfied, calm and happy." (sportal.bg, 29 May 2022; epicenter.bg, 28 Oct 2021)

Last update : 2022-08-05

Olympic Games

2021 - Games of the XXXII Olympiad TOKYO (JPN)

Group All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
92.100 
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
91.800 
World Championships

2019 - 37th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships BAKU (AZE)

Group All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
58.000 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Group 5x
Rank Final
2
Score Final
29.350
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
29.200
Group 3x+2x
Rank Final
5
Score Final
28.850
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
28.800
World / Challenge Cup

2017 - FIG Berlin Masters World Challenge Cup 2017 BERLIN (GER)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
60.650 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
15.650
Ball
Rank Final
8
Score Final
14.250
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
15.200
Clubs
Rank Final
5
Score Final
15.200
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
15.900
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
13.900

2017 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2017 PORTIMAO (POR)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
6
Score Final
60.200 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
5
Score Final
15.900
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
16.150
Ball
Rank Final
6
Score Final
15.700
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.800
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
13.850
Ribbon
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.650
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.400