10 Cool Facts about Romania’s History at the European Championships

1. The first European Championships were held in Bucharest in 1957. It took 60 years for the competition to return to Romania with the upcoming edition in Cluj-Napoca

2. Romania medalled at the first two editions in 1957 and 1959 but did not medal again until 1973 when Alina Goreac medalled on bars, beam and floor while Anca Grigoras medalled on beam.

3. At the 1975 edition, 13-year-old, Nadia Comaneci won gold on all the events except for Floor where she placed second.

4. In 1987 Daniela Silivas equaled Comaneci’s record by winning gold on all the events but vault where she placed second.

5. Aside from Nadia Comaneci who was a three time European All-Around Gold medalist (1975, 1977 & 1979) only two other gymnasts have managed to win gold in the all-around: Daniela Silivas (1987) and Gina Gogean (1994)

6. Out of 12 team titles disputed Romania has won 7 while Russia has won 4 and Italy 1

7. The gymnast to have more titles on a SINGLE apparatus is Catalina Ponor with four golds on beam (2004, 2005, 2006 & 2012) (EDIT: She won her fifth in Cluj-Napoca)

8. Andrea Munteanu’s gold medal routine on beam at the 2015 Europeans was the last routine of her career. She has not competed internationally for Romania since then.

9. Most recent titles:

  • Team: 2014
  • All-Around: Gina Gogean, 1994
  • Vault: Sandra Izbasa, 2012
  • Uneven Bars: Simona Amanar, 1996
  • Balance Beam: Catalina Ponor, 2017
  • Floor Exercise: Larisa Iordache, 2014

10. Most recent medals:

  • Team: 2014, Gold.
  • All-Around: Larisa Iordache, Silver, 2013
  • Vault: Larisa Iordache, Bronze, 2014
  • Uneven Bars: Steliana Nistor, Silver, 2008
  • Balance Beam: Catalina Ponor, Gold, 2017 & Larisa Iordache, Bronze, 2017
  • Floor Exercise: Catalina Ponor, Bronze, 2016

BONUS:

Watch Romania’s history at Europeans in the all-around, vault, bars, beam, and floor.

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