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JohnBoy
Nov 15th, 2011, 09:55 AM
Hiya

I know there are some Manuela Maleeva fans out there, recently she appeared on a TV Show on Bulgarian TV called " Olympic Chronicles"

Highlights for me was seeing Manuela and Katerina practising with there mother as 6 and 4 year olds.

Manuela discusses the absolute joy in winning a bronze medal, the difficulty of competing against Chris Evert in Florida and the fact that Tennis was not a major sport in Bulgaria during the communist years..

I always had the impression that the authorities made it hard for Manuela initially to turn pro and only softened there stance to tennis when the realised she provided american dollars for the government.

Watching the Youtube highlights shows that they were pretty priveleged as athletes and were seen in a very good light in Bulgaria

Interesting highlights in Katerina playing Conchita Martinez in 1988 in Sofia, Bulgaria

Part One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaXBP0M1SII&feature=related

Part Two

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8flYGXUXSns&feature=related