The road to Rio: comebacks, medals and the first names for the test event

Diana Bulimar

The first names for the Rio test event, where the last tickets for the Olympic Games will be at stake, were announced last week. Cătălina Ponor, Diana Bulimar, Laura Jurca, Anamaria Ocolișan, Dora Vulcan, Silvia Zarzu and Anda Butuc were nominated for the WAG team (with Larisa Iordache injured and out for the event). Romania …

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Romania in 5th at L’International Gymnix

Denisa Golgota

Alisia Botnaru (15), Denisa Golgota (14), Ioana Crișan (15) and Olivia Cîmpian (15) are part of the Romanian Junior National team training in Deva under former National team coach Nicolae Forminte. The four were selected to represent Romania in the junior competition at L’International Gymnix in Montreal, Canada. The event was dominated by the United …

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Romanian Rhythmic gymnasts attend the Moscow Grand Prix

Alice David

               One of the most important Rhythmic gymnastics competitions at the beginning of the season is the Moscow Grand Prix. This event manages to bring together some of the top gymnasts in the world, who get to perform their new routines for the first time this year. 2016 is …

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Bronze medal for Laura Aniței in Estonia

Laura Anitei @ Miss Valentine 2016

          Three gymnasts from the Anghel Saligny Club in Iași competed at this year´s Miss Valentine in Estonia, under the supervision of coaches Cătălina and Constantin Radu. This event has typically opened the Rhythmic gymnastics season since 1995 and is considered one of the largest competitions in the world, with 1200 gymnasts from …

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Five medals for Romania’s Rhythmic gymnasts in Budapest

Luiza Filorianu @ Bucharest World Cup

                   Ana Luiza Filiorianu and juniors Denisa Mailat and Alice David competed for Romania in the finals of the Gracia Fair International Tournament, held in Budapest this past weekend. Gymnasts from three different Romanian clubs (Olimpia București, CSM Ploiești, CSM Arad) were present at the competition which saw Luiza Filiorianu come away with …

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Silver for Ana Luiza Filiorianu at the Gracia Fair Cup

Luiza Filiorianu @ 2015 Bucharest World Cup

           Ana Luiza Filiorianu kicked off the 2016 season with a silver medal in the All-around at the Gracia Fair Cup in Budapest. The Bucharest native, who trains at the Olimpia Club with Maria Gîrbă, gathered a total of 68 points and two scores of over 17 to place one point …

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Baku 2015: Romania in the first day of team finals

Marius Berbecar. Photo: Volker Minkus

The first European Games ever. The first gymnastics day in Baku. Almost 7 hours of mixed competition (men and women competed at the same time) with both the team medals and the qualifications to the individual finals at stake. A new competition format, better known by the Rhythmic or Aerobic gymnasts, is on trial here. …

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Alexandra Piscupescu officially retires at the Bucharest World Cup

Alexandra Piscupescu. Photo: Carmen Manda

Alexandra Piscupescu. More photos from the World Cup here.            Not more than a week ago, the most important event of the year in Romanian gymnastics, the second stage of the Rhythmic World Cup, organized in Bucharest by the Romanian Rhythmic Federation, ended with a very special moment for the fans …

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Biographies: Gabriela Drăgoi

Gabriela Dragoi. Photo: Volker Minkus

                   Maybe Gabriela Drăgoi is not one of those gymnasts who have won dozens of medals in international competitions but she is one of the most loved Romanian gymnasts in recent history. Today I have chosen to talk about her achievements and especially about the beauty of …

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Top 10 Romanian gymnastics moments of the year

Larisa Iordache. Photo: Volker Minkus

1. Larisa Iordache – Floor 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 …

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