is a Greek Olympic swimmer with Bulgarian roots. He was born in Velingrad, Bulgaria, in 1993 to the parents Kristina and Tsvetan. His mother Kristina passed away when Kristian was born on the 4 th of July. His father Tsvetan was a famous Olympic swimmer for Bulgaria. Kristian has one brother - Niko and one half-brother Ivan. After Kristian was born, he, his father and his older brother Niko moved to Heraklion-Crete in Greece. Krstian's father, Tsvetan, was working there as a swim coach, so Kris grew up and went to school in Heraklion-Crete.
Kristian started swimming at the age of five, and it was the only sport that he fell in love with. Kris truly followed his father’s footsteps, the only coach he had until then and he learned everything from him. After Tsvetan passed away in 2010 from skin cancer, Kristian decided to take swimming more seriously and swim in memory of his father.
After that, he decided to move to Athens so he could live with his uncle and aunt for better training opportunities. In Crete Kristian did not have a lot of training behind him because he was really only doing it for fun. At the age of seventeen, he met his new coach, Akis Oikonomou of the Ethnikos Swim Club in Athens. A year later Kristian won a silver medal at European Junior Championships in 50m freestyle and a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships with a new Greek national record. He decided to continue his training and at age of nineteen he qualified for his first Olympics in London 2012. There he met the world renowned sprint coach Jonty Skinner who saw the potential in Kris. A year and a half later he decided to go swim and study for the University of Alabama where Skiner was working as a swim coach. Kristian had only 3 years of eligibility and he managed to become an NCAA champion three years in a row. Now he is still studying and swimming in Alabama as professional swimmer. Standing at 6’7 feet or 203 centimeters, Kristian is a natural sprinter.
50m and 100m Freestyle
50m and 100m Freestyle
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