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Two-Time Bulgarian Olympian Kolev Dies at 47
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A memorial service will be held Monday in Michigan for two-time Bulgarian Olympian Dian (Deyan) Kolev, who died suddenly this week. Kolev was born Dec. 13, 1965, in Targovishte, where he was coached by his father, Hristo Kolev. He finished fourth on vault at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul — missing the bronze by .038 — and helped the Bulgarian team finish fifth in Seoul and 10th in Barcelona. Kolev retired from competition in 1995 and had coached the boys team at the Michigan Academy of Gymnastics for the past 18 years.

The club has started a memorial fund to help his family. Donations may be sent to the Dian Kolev Memorial Fund, Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, 5870 North Hix Rd., Westland, MI 48185.

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Rupert said:

The first time
RIP Deyan, I remember the first time my sister took me to a gymnastics competition when I was 9. It was Champions All 1989 and Dejan won it.
January 31, 2013
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Cheyenne Franklin said:

Diam coaches me for a long time. he helped me so much on bars and he will be forever missed. i cry everyday... it is just not the same at the gym. I.Love.You Mr. Dian
February 06, 2013
Votes: +2

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