Ilian Alexandrov began gymnastics at the age of 7 in Pernik, Bulgaria. His love and dedication to the sport led to him to compete at the international level, culminating with the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. In 1993, he retired from competitive gymnastics after the birth of his daughter. Ilian is a graduate of the internationally recognized Sports College of Bulgaria where he received his degree in Gymnastics Coaching. He brings to SOGA a wealth of knowledge as both a coach and athlete.
Ilian has lived in the United States for over 10 years and is a dual citizen of Bulgaria and the US. Prior to taking his position at SOGA, Ilian worked for several gyms in the Pacific Northwest, including Naydenov, VEGA and OGA and has been a regular coach at the Deltchev summer camps in Reno, Nevada. Ilian bought Southern Oregon Gymnastics Academy in March of 2014.
Polina Stancheva began gymnastics in Varna, Bulgaria. Before retiring as a competitive gymnast, Polina became the National Champion of Bulgaria and placed 4th at the Belgium Championships. She is a graduate of the internationally recognized Sports College of Bulgaria where she received her degree in Gymnastics Coaching before moving to the US. Polina lived in Orlando, Florida for 9 years before moving to Southern Oregon. She coached at Orlando Metro for several years and most recently has worked as a Rope Specialist in shows throughout Orlando, the East Coast, and internationally. Polina's understanding of the sport, knowledge of the skills, ability to demonstrate, and rapport with the athletes make her an invaluable asset to SOGA.
Rylan is a parkour and free-running athlete, he has been tricking for many years and loves finding new and creative ways to make parkour exciting. He loves to inspire people to move their mind and body creatively to bring joy and happiness into their lives. His knowledge of the sport is above anyone else, making him a valuable member of our team here at SOGA.