The Bulgarian skiers first went down the Olympic slopes in 1936 in Garmisch Partenkirchen. Eight Bulgarians participated in the competition then.

In Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956 Georgi Dimitrov found his place among the 20 best slalom skiers (18th). He also participated in the downhill race – 18th and became sixth in the alpine combined competition His last result, however, was not considered for the Olympics, because the discipline was not in the program of the Olympiad, but it was included in the world championship which was held simultaneously. At two successive Olympiads - “Lake Placid ‘80” and “Sarajevo ‘84”, Petar Popangelov reached the prestigious sixth place in the slalom race.

The first and only medal for Bulgaria was won by Ivan Lebanov – bronze for the 30 km ski running at “Lake Placid ‘80”.


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