Galabin Bozew

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Galabin Bozew Luge
nation BulgariaBulgaria Bulgaria
birthday December 27, 1987
place of birth Sofia
discipline Single seater, double seater
National squad since 2003
status active
Placements in the Natural Track Luge World Cup
 Debut in the World Cup January 18, 2004
 Overall World Cup ES 22. ( 2007/2008 )
 Overall World Cup DS 8. (2007/2008)
last change: March 5, 2012

Galabin Bozew ( Bulgarian Гълъбин Боцев ; born December 27, 1987 in Sofia ) is a Bulgarian natural track luge who is one of the most internationally successful in his country. In the single-seater he has so far achieved the best placement of a Bulgarian at all World and European Championships in which he participated, and until 2009/2010 also in the overall single-seater World Cup . In the two-seater, he and various partners form the mostly only duo in Bulgaria in international competitions.


Galabin Bozew first took part in international championships in February 2003. At the European Junior Championships in Kreuth , he came 40th in the single seater and seventh in the doubles with Georgi Mirtschew only on the penultimate or last place. A week later he achieved 43rd place in the single seater at the 2003 World Championships in Železniki , but came in last place in the doubles with Georgi Mirtschew in twelfth place. Bozew made his World Cup debut on January 18, 2004 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen . He started together with Slatomir Sdrawkow , who was also his partner during the next two years, in the two-seater competition, but only achieved twelfth and again last place. In the 2003/2004 season , this was his only World Cup race. At the 2004 European Championships in Hüttau he was 41st in the single-seater, while Bozew / Sdrawkow scored 16th in the double-seater but again only came last. At the 2004 Junior World Championships in Kindberg , he was 32nd in the singles and eighth in the doubles.

Since the 2004/2005 season , Bozew has also been competing in the single-seater World Cup. His best result of the season was the 26th place at the World Cup finals in Olang and in the overall World Cup he was 37th. In doubles he started with Slatomir Sdrawkow in the last three World Cup races. They achieved tenth place three times and came eleventh in the overall standings. At the 2005 World Championships in Laces , Bozew achieved 36th place in the singles and eleventh place in the doubles. The duo Bozew / Sdrawkow also took part in the team competition as a Canadian-Bulgarian team together with Melissa Jones and Kaj Johnson . However, they only came in tenth and last place. At the junior European championship 2005 in Kandalakscha Bozew, like all other Bulgarians, did not take part. In the 2005/2006 season , Bozew started only in the first three World Cup races. Like the entire Bulgarian team, he did not take part in the races in the Canadian Grande Prairie and the season finale in Oberperfuss . In the single-seater his best result of the season was a 25th place in Olang, in the overall World Cup he was 35th In the doubles-seater Bozew / Sdrawkow achieved an eleventh and two ninth places in their last season together, which brought them ninth place in the overall standings. At the 2006 European Championships in Umhausen he was 31st in the singles and twelfth in the doubles, at the Junior World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen he was 20th in the singles. He started in a two-seater with Petar Savov , but they didn't finish.

In the 2006/2007 season Bozew first competed with Yanislaw Urumow in a two-seater race (13th place in Longiarü ) and started from the second half of the season with Tschawdar Arsow . Her best result of the season was a tenth place in Umhausen. Also in the 2007/2008 season Galabin Bozew and Tschawdar Arsow formed a two-seater couple. They were among the top ten in four of the six World Cup races and finished eighth in the overall World Cup. In the single-seater Bozew was able to continuously improve his results during the 2006/2007 season. While he was 28th twice in the first half of the season, he already came 21st at the season finale in Moos in Passeier , making him 25th in the overall World Cup. In the 2007/2008 season, he often narrowly missed his first top 20 result. His best results were the 21st place in Železniki as well as three 22nd places, with which he achieved his best result so far as 22nd in the overall World Cup. At the 2007 World Cup in Grande Prairie, Bozew was the only Bulgarian participant. As a result, he only started in the single-seater and finished 27th. At the European Junior Championships in St. Sebastian , which took place a week later , he was 20th in the single-seater and together with Stefan Rajkow tenth in the doubles.

In the 2008/2009 season Galabin Bozew started only in one World Cup race. Together with Tschawdar Arsow he took part in the two-seater competition in Deutschnofen , but failed in the second round. At the 2009 World Cup in Moos in Passeier, he was the last 13th in the doubles and tenth in the team competition. He didn't start in the single-seater. After skipping the first two races in Nowouralsk at the beginning of the 2009/2010 season , he was back at the start in the remaining four World Cup races. In the single-seater, he always drove under the fastest 25 and achieved his best result with 21st place at the end of the season in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, making him 28th in the overall World Cup. This winter he started in the doubles with Petar Sawow, with whom he had already participated in the 2006 Junior World Championships. Together they achieved a tenth and three eleventh places and thus eleventh place in the overall ranking. At the European Championships 2010 in St. Sebastian Bozew was 27th in the singles and with Sawow 11th in the doubles. In the team competition, like last year at the World Cup, he only came in tenth and last place.

In the third World Cup race of the 2010/2011 season in Gsies - the first in which he took part this winter - Bozew achieved his first top 20 result in a single-seater World Cup race with 17th place. He achieved the same result a week later in Kindberg. He did not take part in any other single-seater World Cup races in the 2010/2011 season ; in the overall World Cup he was ranked 31. In the doubles, he achieved eleventh place together with Petar Sawow in Casies, but in Kindberg the duo was canceled in the first round. At the 2011 World Championships in Umhausen, Bozew took 20th place in the single-seater and thus his best single-seater result in international championships. In the doubles with Petar Sawow and in the team competition with Sawow and Irma Karišik from Bosnia and Herzegovina , he only came last. In the 2011/2012 season , Bozew only took part in the first three World Cup races. In the single-seater he was once among the fastest 20 (19th place in Železniki) and was again the best Bulgarian with 29th place overall, while in the double-seater with Galabin Bozew he was just behind the top 10. Like the entire Bulgarian team, he did not take part in the 2012 European Championship in Novouralsk.

Sporting successes

World championships

European championships

  • Hüttau 2004 : 41st single-seater, 16th double-seater (with Slatomir Sdrawkow)
  • Umhausen 2006 : 31st single-seater, 12th double-seater (with Slatomir Sdrawkow)
  • Olang 2008 : 24th single-seater, 13th double-seater (with Tschawdar Arsow)
  • St. Sebastian 2010 : 27th singles, 11th doubles (with Petar Sawow), 10th team

Junior World Championships

Junior European Championships

  • Kreuth 2003 : 40th single-seater, 7th double-seater (with Georgi Mirtschew)
  • St. Sebastian 2007 : 20th single-seater, 10th double-seater (with Stefan Rajkow)

World cup

  • Twice among the top ten in the overall double-seater World Cup
  • Four times among the best 30 in the overall single-seater World Cup
  • 11 top 10 placements in a two-seater
  • 3 top 20 placements in the single-seater

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