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The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski's secret story by [Georgiev, Ognian]
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About the Author

Ognian Georgiev is a sport journalist, who is currently working as sports editor at the "Bulgaria Today" daily newspaper. He covered the Summer Olympics in Beijing 2008 and in London 2012. The author specializes in sports politics, investigations and coverage of Olympic sports events. Ognian Georgiev works as a TV broadcaster for Eurosport Bulgaria, Nova Broadcasting group, TV+, F+ and TV7. He is a commentator for fight sports events such as boxing/kickboxing and MMA. The author was born in the capital city of Bulgaria - Sofia. He started work as a sports reporter in 2000. In the following years Ognian Georgiev covered different sports events in USA, Germany, Switzerland, UK, France, Greece, Serbia, Hungary, Spain, and Italy. The author lives in Sofia with his partner Ralitza and their one year old daughter Valeria.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1358 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Self publishing (27 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KMFP2VK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #443,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This intriguing insight into the often murky world of weightlifting focuses on the rise and fall of one of Bulgaria’s lifting superstars of the late 1990s/early 2000s; Galabin Boevski, a former world and Olympic champion. In a country where weightlifting is a seriously big draw with its top exponents feted as national heroes with a suitably high profile to match, Boevski rose to prominence and conquered the world. He also became Bulgaria’s sportsman of the year in 1999.

But this story doesn’t start there. It starts in a Sao Paulo prison with an incarcerated Boevski awaiting trial after being accused of smuggling cocaine. From there we look back over his life in the sport and out of it, moving from young football hopeful to the top of the weightlifting world and to a Brazilian prison cell. Quite the rise and fall.

Told by Bulgarian sports journalist Ognian Georgiev, a sports editor for the newspaper Bulgaria Today, the level of detail included is impressive, as one would expect from a journalist of course. Tracing Boevski’s rise to prominence through the lifting schools and academies of small town Knezha to the capital city Sofia, what comes across as clear as day is what a tough world that was to inhabit. The competition is fierce, as befitting the sport’s status in Bulgaria and the Balkan region, and the coaching regime is frequently brutal and intimadatory. Only the toughest will rise to the top and Boevski was certainly one of those.

As he reached international level, the thorny issue of drugs rears its head. Bulgarian weightlifting has been decimated by numerous high profile failed drugs tests culminating eventually in 2008 with the entire national team being withdrawn from the Olympics for failing pre-Games tests.
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Galabin Boevski was a world class Bulgarian weightlifter, winning the gold medal in the 2000 summer Olympics as well as several world and European championships in his weight class. He had a dramatic fall when he was accused of doping and suspended for eight years and then was arrested by Brazilian police in 2011 for allegedly trafficking in cocaine. He was sentenced to a lengthy prison term but was released after two years.
For many years Bulgaria has been an international power in the sport of weightlifting, winning a number of championships far greater than one would expect based solely on the population. One of the oddest aspects of this is that there is no unique training method that the Bulgarians have perfected. In reading this book about one of their champions, it seems that they succeed more in spite of their training program rather than because of it.
Some of the champion lifters smoke cigarettes and don't follow the kind of rigid training program that one ordinarily associates with world and Olympic champions. As is related in this book the Bulgarian sports authority for weightlifting is rife with brutal political battles that have to have negative consequences for the sport.
This book is a biography of Boevski with an emphasis on his entry into the sport of weightlifting, his experiences there, his time in a Brazilian prison and then his involvement in the sport after his release. In general it is not a pleasant story, while his triumphs are mentioned, most of the text deals with the problems between individuals and Boevski's claim of innocence of any knowledge of the cocaine the police found in his suitcase.
His claims have some plausibility, for the cocaine was relatively easy to find and there was no reason for Boevski to take such a risk.
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I would recommend the book to everyone who likes weightlifting. I always wanted to read something - basically anything - about weightlifting what gives an insight because when I was lifting back in the '90-s and early 2000's we were lucky if we could watch the major championships but never any personal details came through for the fans. I really enjoyed this book because it confirmed what I got to know that time - mostly through the grapevine. I could have enjoyed some pictures about the greats in it but it wasn't the point. Harsh, sometimes sad story how politics works behind WL and how it's history could have happened if...but of course no 'IF'-s in life.
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Ognian Georgiev has not just written a wonderful account of the turbulent career of Olympic weight lifting gold medalist Galabin Boeyski, he has also lifted the lid on the sport itself, particularly in Bulgaria. The corruption, the drug taking and the politics of weight lifting are explored in this fascinating book, which at its core chronicles in minute detail the rise and fall of Boevksi, who ended up in a Brazilian prison after cocaine was found in his luggage as he was boarding a flight from San Paulo airport to Madrid. There is the genesis of a movie in this book. Well worth a read.
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Full of interesting stories and what happens behind the scenes as a professional weightlifter. Highly recommended, Boevski is a legend of weightlifting and everyone should read this.
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