In our “Athlete Spotlight” Series we highlight promising talented athletes that are flying below the radar.
Armine Badvaganyan is a talented fencing athlete from Bulgaria who has excelled in national and international competitions. She is known for a smooth attack and a fast counterattack.
Armine’s career started at an early age in 2008 where she placed first in Bulgaria’s National Championship. Since then she has dominated Bulgaria Fencing by having won 8 more gold medals, 10 silver and 14 bronze in individual and team competitions.
Armine has participated in three international competitions: Balkan Championships in Varna, Bulgaria, 2016; European Championships U23 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2016 and World Championships for Cadets in Plovdiv, 2014, in which she performed the best out of the three and became 68th out of 88 fencers.
Currently, she is focused on training for the Bulgaria National Championship and seeking to compete in the European and World Championships. Armine is seeking training opportunities in Europe and the U.S.A. to further her international fencing experience.
Q&A with Armine Badvaganyan
Q: When did you start your athletic career?
When I was in third grade and the coach came to my school and presented the sport.
Q: What is the fondest memory of your athletic career?
The World Championships for cadets in 2014 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. These were my first world championships and I was really glad I managed to get two wins in the first round and reach the direct eliminations. I remember that during the last bout from the first round I was leading and I needed just one point to win. Suddenly I started feeling afraid that I won’t manage to make it, but I pulled myself together, made an attack and won. Thanks to that I had just enough wins to continue in the competition. This is one of my happiest moments from my athletic career.
Q: What was your best showing in a competition?
The World Championships that I mentioned in the previous answer. Before them there was a training camp with fencers from different countries. I had joined it and with every practice I would see progress in me and I felt better prepared than usual. During the competition I succeeded in both offensive and defensive actions.
Q: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
Q: Which current athlete in your sport most resembles you?
Q: What are you currently doing in your sport?
I am practicing and competing in my country.
Q: What do you need to do to take your athletic career to the next level?
I think that I need to fence with more developed athletes and go to more international competitions. Having more experienced coaching would be a plus as well.
Q: What do you want to do besides your sport?
I would like to study sport science and become a coach. Also spend time on my family, boyfriend, friends and hobbies, like gardening for example. I am thinking of learning self-defence in the future too. If I become a successful person I would be interested in joining project and causes to help others, especially in the field of fencing.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
I love to listen to music. When I have opportunity I would learn to play a music instrument. I also like to ride my bike, read books, visit beautiful places, cook, go out with friends.
Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Michaela DePrince, Margarita Mamun and Aljona Savchenko. In my opinion these three women are really inspiring snd strong ballerina, rhytmic gymnast and figure skater respectively. I admire their patience and dedication and I look up to them. I hope that one day I will be as successful as them and I would love to meet them too.
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