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Petia Yanchulova

Nationality  Bulgaria
Height  1.78 m
Role  Olympic athlete

Name  Petia Yanchulova
Weight  65 kg (143 lb)
Home town  San Diego
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Born  July 3, 1978 (age 37) Sofia, Bulgaria (1978-07-03)
Hometown  San Diego, California, United States
Olympic medals  Beach volleyball at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament
Similar People  Tzvetelina Yanchulova, Nicole Schnyder‑Benoit, Daniela Gattelli, Vasso Karantasiou, Hilda Gaxiola

Petia Yanchulova (Bulgarian: Петя Янчулова; born July 3, 1978 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian beach volleyball player. She represented her nation Bulgaria in two editions of the Olympic Games (2000 and 2004), along with her partner and elder sister Tzvetelina. Despite being born in Bulgaria, Yanchulova trained most of her sporting career in San Diego, California, United States, playing for the University of San Diego's volleyball team.

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Yanchulova began her sporting career at the University of San Diego in San Diego, California, where she competed for the San Diego Toreros volleyball team. While playing for the Toreros, she led her team to two impressive victories at the West Coast Conference Championships, and was also named the Defender of the Year in 1999 because of her tremendous impact to the university's volleyball program. Petia was named to the First Team All-American team (together with Misty May and Kerri Walsh) for two years in a row in 1998 and 1999. Petia was also honored in the San Diego Hall of Champions and was induced in the West Coast Conference Hall of Fame for her outstanding accomplishments at the University of San Diego.

Since 1998, Yanchulova competed professionally at the FIVB World Tour along with her sister Tzvetelina. The Bulgarian tandem also made their official debut at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where they both placed seventeenth in the women's beach volleyball, defeating European bronze medalists Deborah and Rebekka_Kadijk along the way. Four years later, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the Yanchulova sisters qualified for their second Olympics in the same tournament by obtaining their berth from the FIVB Grand Slam Series in Klagenfurt, Austria. This time, defeating the reigning European Champions of Germany in pool play, the sisters advanced to the Round of 16, eventually losing in a dramatic battle against eventual Olympic silver medalists of Brazil, Adriana_Behar and Shelda_Bede and placing 9th overall. When her elder sister retired from the sport in 2007, Yanchulova went on to play indoor volleyball professionally in Europe from 2008–2009.

References

Petia Yanchulova Wikipedia


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