Last year was the second good one in
succession for the Bulgaria team. They claimed the bronze medal in the European
League and finished ninth in their debut appearance at the World Grand Prix.
They will attempt to continue their encouraging recent progress when they line
up in the latter tournament this year under the guidance of new coach Vladimir
Kuzyutkin, who led Russia’s women to gold at the 2010 World Championship and
silver at the 2009 World Grand Prix. He can count on veterans Elitsa Vasileva
and Strashimira Filipova to be leaders in his improving side.
The Bulgarians’ greatest successes came
more than three decades ago when they took the bronze medal at the Moscow 1980
Olympic Games and gold at the 1981 European Championship. Last year’s European
league medal was preceded by the silver they took in the competition in 2012,
when they lost out to Czech Republic at the last hurdle after beating Serbia in