Lena - Emerge Tour

Lena - Emerge Tour

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The “Pride of Plovdiv,” Bulgarian long jumper Elena “Lena” Atanasova was favored to win gold at the 1981 European Athletics Indoor Championships held in Grenoble, France.  However, a spontaneous groin injury forced her to pull out moments before her first run-up.  In the ensuing confusion, Atanasova seized the opportunity and disappeared into the crowd, implementing her backup plan:  defecting to the West.

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acrylic gouache on illustration board

20" x 30"


item no. 230

after a photo by Inna Mykytas

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