Top 10 Romanian gymnastics moments of the year

1. Larisa IordacheFloor Final (World Championship, Cancun)

Two time European champion, two time World silver medalist, the most successful gymnast at this European Championship, winner of various stages of the World Cup, all of these accomplished this year. Nobody competes more than Larisa Iordache! And nobody makes the Romanian fans happier!

2. Corina Constantin, Anca Surdu and Andreea Bogati – Trio Final (World Championship, Cancun)

Tears of joy for the girls after winning the World title in this event. The Romanians are the current World Cup winners, European and World champions, leading Romania to the first place on the medal standings at this year’s Worlds (3 gold and 2 silver medals).

3. The Romanian WAG team – Team Final (European Championships, Sofia)

A great performance from the Romanian team in the European final, which they dominated from start to finish. The Romanians (Larisa Iordache, Diana Bulimar,  Andreea Munteanu, Ștefania Stănilă and Silvia Zarzu) put the qualification mistakes behind them and ended the competition two points ahead of Great Britain to defend the title won two years back, in Brussels.

4. Corina Constantin – Individual Women Final (World Championship, Cancun)

Corina has won everything you can possibly win in Aerobic Gymnastics, with one exception: the World Individual gold medal, which eluded her this year too. But how can you be disappointed with the most successful Romanian gymnast at these World Championships? Corina brought back two gold and two silver medals (one of them in the Individual final)!

5. Bianca Becze and Marius Petrușe – Mixed Pairs Final (World Championship, Cancun)

When it comes to Aerobic Gymnastics, Romania is always the team to beat! World Cup champions, current European champions and now World Mixed Pairs Champions, Bianca and Marius competed beautifully both in qualifications and in the event final. Unbeatable!

6. Ana Luiza Filiorianu – Ribbon (Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing)

2014 was looking to be an important and difficult year for Luiza Filiorianu but Romania´s top Junior exceeded all expectations. She started the year with gold medals at the Valentine Cup, a bronze at the Pesaro tournament and two Junior European finals but the most emotional moment would come at the Youth Olympic Games where she almost won the bronze medal in the All-around. Luiza received the highest ribbon score of the competition and finally placed fourth. 2015 will not be an easy year either but we hope Luiza will move into the senior ranks the same way she faced her last Junior year.

7. Laura Jurca – Vault (Junior European Championships, Sofia)

Our little gymnast, Laura Jurca, won three medals at this year’s Junior European Championships (All-around and vault silver and team bronze) and was selected to represent Romania at the Youth Olympic Games. Laura, a strong gymnast on vault and uneven bars, will fight for a place in the senior Romanian team in 2015.

8. Andreea Munteanu – Beam (Romanian Nationals, Bucharest)

In her first senior year, Romania benefited from Andreea Munteanu’s beam score in the team finals at Wolds and Europeans. Unfortunately, she didn’t manage to do the same for herself and get into the event finals. Her golden moments from this year came in Jesolo and at the Romanian Nationals, where she won beam over Larisa.

9. Roxana Popa – Uneven Bars (Blume Memorial, Barcelona)

Roxana manages to bring together, at most of the competitions she attends, both Romanian and Spanish fans. Although she competes for the Spanish team, she is considered as another member of the Romanian team by both the Romanian gymnasts and their fans. Roxana shines on Uneven Bars, where Romania would have really needed a gymnasts like her.

10. Andreea Iridon – Uneven Bars (Romanian Nationals, Bucharest)

Many of you have followed this talented junior gymnast, who reminds us of Ana Porgras’ elegance, for years now. Andreea and Ana also shared the same love for the balance beam and uneven bars. Romania will need Andreea on this last apparatus in 2015, when she will join the senior ranks. This year, Andreea won three medals at the Junior European Champioships. 

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