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Catalina Ponor

Updated:2008-07-09 09:15 |

  Athens, 17 August, Games of the XXVIII Olympiad. Women‘s artistic gymnastics: Catalina PONOR of Romania competes on the balance beam during the team final competition at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall. Credit: Getty Images/Clive Brunskill

  Born: 20 August 1987

  Birthplace: Constanta (Romania)

  Nationality: Romania

  Sport: Gymnastics


  Athens 2004


  Olympic medals:

  Gold: 3

  Flooring the Opposition

  During a period when Romanian gymnastics needed new talent, Catalina Ponor was spotted during a nationwide talent search and chosen to train with the national team. She competed in her first major meet in 2003 when she took part in the world championships and earned a silver medal in the team event on her sixteenth birthday. She went on to win two more silver medals, on the beam and in the floor exercise.

  In May 2004 she moved up to the gold medal in all three events at the European Championships. Three months later, at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad Athens 2004, she led the Romanian team to victory in the team event. She also qualified for two apparatus finals six nights later. On the balance beam, she outscored Carly Patterson of the United States 9.787 to 9.775 to win her second gold medal.

  After a break of only 45 minutes, Ponor won the floor exercise final. Her margin of victory, .188 points, was the largest in the event‘s history.

Editor : LiuAnqi

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