Gymnastics is Bulgaria's first Olympic sport. The first Bulgarian gymnast, who took part in the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, is Charles Shampoff. Velik Kapsazov is the first to win an Olympic medal – bronze (rings), and Stoyan Delchev is the first Olympic champion of Bulgarian gymnastics. In Moscow 1980 he wins gold on the rings and bronze in the all-round competition.
In Seoul 1988 Lyubomir Geraskov becomes Olympic champion on the pommel horse and Diana Dudeva wins the bronze on the floor. Krasimir Dunev wins silver on the horizontal bar in Atlanta 1996 and Yordan Yovchev – bronze on both the floor and rings in Sydney 2000 and silver and bronze in Athens 2004.