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HUDDLESTON David
Bulgaria
BUL
Title
Mr
Lastname
HUDDLESTON
Firstname
David
Gender
male
Country
Bulgaria
Place of birth
Haga Netherland (NLD)
Year of birth
2000 (22 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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Hobbies
Making video, cars, spending time with friends. (trud.bg, 24 Oct 2019)
Occupation
Athlete
Family
Partner Erika Zafirova
Spoken languages
Bulgarian, English
Coach
Milko Tankushev [national], BUL; Damyan Ignatov [personal], BUL
Sporting relatives
His partner Erika Zafirova has represented Bulgaria in rhythmic gymnastics, and won gold in the group all-around competition at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (bnr.bg, 14 Jul 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 24 Sep 2021)
Injuries
In June 2021 he suffered an injury to his left ankle, which affected his preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (bnr.bg, 14 Jul 2021)

In July 2018 he sustained a torn biceps muscle at a training camp in Moscow, Russian Federation, and subsequently missed the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (insport.bg, 02 Aug 2018)

He competed at the 2014 European Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, with an ankle injury on one leg and a calf injury on the other. He also experienced back pain at the tournament. (eli-gym.com, 30 May 2014; gong.bg, 28 May 2014)
Start sporting career
He first tried gymnastics at age three in the Caribbean, and he began training seriously in 2008 after moving to Bulgaria. "My first memories were tears because I didn't like gymnastics at all. I was scared of almost everything. The only thing I loved was jumping on the trampoline and climbing ropes, which I was best at. At the time, I loved skateboarding, I was very good. I liked it a lot, and according to my mother, I was very good. I was very keen, but eventually I started doing gymnastics." (eli-gym.com, 30 May 2014)
Reason for taking up the sport
He was encouraged to take up the sport by his mother. "She is an ex-athlete and saw potential in me as a gymnast. She made me do the splits every day and taught me how to do a back flip. In 2007 my mother was talking with coach Damyan Ignatov on the phone, and she took a big step of moving from the Caribbean to Bulgaria just so I could train with him." (intlgymnast.com, 23 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (bgolympic.org, 24 Jul 2021)
Most memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (24chasa.bg, 24 Jul 2021)
Hero / Idol
Bulgarian artistic gymnasts Yordan Yovchev and Krasimir Dunev, Japanese artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura. (trud.bg, 24 Oct 2019)
Additional information
General
TO OLYMPICS WITH LOVE
He said that the presence and support of his partner, Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast Erika Zafirova, at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, inspired the performance that earned him a qualification quota for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "Erika's presence in the gym was the reason why I won the quota for the Tokyo Olympics. She was with me not only physically but also spiritually. We looked after each appliance. We looked at each other after every apparatus. She sent me kisses, and I replied with hearts. It was a very beautiful moment for me and her. Together we go to the Olympics. We've been talking about this for a long time. We are very happy. This is a dream." (bnr.bg, 08 Oct 2019)

HERITAGE
Born in the Netherlands to a Bulgarian mother and a US father, he has spent time living in the Caribbean, the United States of America and Bulgaria. (intlgymnast.com, 23 Sep 2019)

Last update : 2021-09-24

Olympic Games

2021 - Games of the XXXII Olympiad TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
59
Score Qualif.
74.265 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
65
Score Qualif.
12.433
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
72
Score Qualif.
11.000
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
68
Score Qualif.
12.200
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
59
Score Qualif.
13.166
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
68
Score Qualif.
11.466
World Championships

2019 - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
39
Score Qualif.
80.532 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
60
Score Qualif.
13.700
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
41
Score Qualif.
13.233
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
101
Score Qualif.
12.800
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
55
Score Qualif.
13.800
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
71
Score Qualif.
13.166
Continental Championships

2021 - 9th European Individual Championships BASEL (SUI)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
56
Score Qualif.
72.898 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
88
Score Qualif.
12.033
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
87
Score Qualif.
11.166
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
79
Score Qualif.
12.266
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
23
Score Qualif.
13.833
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
87
Score Qualif.
10.300

2020 - 34th Senior European Championships MERSIN (TUR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
77.031 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
27
Score Qualif.
12.966
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
31
Score Qualif.
12.000
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
19
Score Qualif.
12.933
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
8
Score Final
12.866
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.333
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
28
Score Qualif.
12.066
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
236.429
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
232.394

2019 - 8th European Individual Championships SZCZECIN (POL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
55
Score Qualif.
73.796 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
100
Score Qualif.
11.466
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
36
Score Qualif.
12.866
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
54
Score Qualif.
12.666
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
25
Score Qualif.
13.516
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
86
Score Qualif.
11.466
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
77
Score Qualif.
12.066

2016 - 32nd European Championships 2016 BERN (SUI)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
27
Score Qualif.
77.799 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
55
Score Qualif.
13.200
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
67
Score Qualif.
12.133
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
42
Score Qualif.
12.900
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
101
Score Qualif.
11.966
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
13.300
Team
Rank Final
25
Score Final
225.329
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World / Challenge Cup

2021 - FIG World Challenge Cup OSIJEK (CRO)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
22
Score Qualif.
13.200
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
12.700
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.266
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.150

2021 - FIG World Challenge Cup VARNA (BUL)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
13.550
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
12.750
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
13.900
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
13.300
World Cup qualifying for OG

2020 - FIG World Cup 2020 BAKU (AZE)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
26
Score Qualif.
12.666
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
22
Score Qualif.
12.600
World / Challenge Cup

2019 - FIG World Challenge Cup SZOMBATHELY (HUN)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
27
Score Qualif.
12.100
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
12.900
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
19
Score Qualif.
12.350
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
8
Score Final
12.800
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
13.850

2019 - FIG World Challenge Cup MERSIN (TUR)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
13.350
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
9.100
Vault
Rank Final
2
Score Final
13.475
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
13.450