Andreea Răducan : biography
Andreea Mădălina Răducan (born 30 September 1983) is a retired gymnast from Bârlad, Romania.
Răducan began competing in gymnastics at a young age and was training at the Romanian junior national facility by the age of 12½. As one of the outstanding gymnasts of the Romanian team in the late 1990s, Răducan was known both for her difficult repertoire of skills and her dance and presentation. Over her four-year senior career, she won Olympic or World Championships medals on every event except the uneven bars and earned three individual World Championships titles, on the floor exercise in 1999 and 2001 and the balance beam in 2001.
Răducan competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she contributed strongly to the Romanian team's gold medal and won an individual silver medal on the vault. She was also the original winner of the all-round title, but was disqualified and stripped of her gold medal shortly after the competition concluded, when it was revealed that she had failed doping controls, testing positive for pseudoephedrine, at the time a banned substance. She and her coaches maintained that she had been given the substance in two cold medicine pills by a Romanian team physician, and that they had not affected her performance in any way.
The case generated a significant amount of media attention, and Răducan was supported by members of the gymnastics community and the Romanian public. Her case was brought to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in fall 2000. Răducan herself was exonerated of any personal wrongdoing by the CAS, the Romanian Olympic Committee and the International Gymnastics Federation, and was not subject to any disciplinary measures. However, her medal was not reinstated, and the team doctor who administered the medicine was banned for two Olympic cycles.
Răducan returned the year after the Olympics to win five additional World Championships medals, but retired from gymnastics in 2002. As an adult, she has worked as a sports announcer and media personality, and has pursued university level studies in journalism.
Răducan continued to train in Deva after the Olympics. With the retirement of her Sydney teammates Amanar, Olaru and Presacan, she found herself one of the senior gymnasts at Deva. International Gymnast, October 8, 2001 At the 2001 World Championships in Ghent, Belgium, she was part of the gold-medal winning Romanian team and picked up four individual medals: gold on floor and beam and bronze in the all-round and vault. Injuries and other concerns marred her training in 2002, and after a poor showing at the Worlds in Hungary, she quietly retired.
Currently, Răducan is a sports announcer in Romania. Her assignments for EuroSport have included the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She also has her own television show and does modelling and promotional work. Răducan is also currently studying for a masters degree in journalism at the University of Bucharest.
- Vault: round-off 1/2 twist on, layout cuervo off.
- Balance beam: full twisting back, double pike back dismount, tucked Korbut
- Floor exercise: round-off-back-handspring-double layout, round-off-whip back-double pike, round-off-back-handspring-2.5twist-punch-layout-front, round-off-flick-triple-twist.
Răducan was one of the "new generation gymnasts" groomed to take over the torch of Romanian gymnastics excellence after the retirements of the Olympic medalists Lavinia Miloşovici and Gina Gogean. She began gymnastics at the age of four and a half in her hometown of Bârlad. In 1996, after winning over twenty medals in local and regional competitions, she was invited to train at the Romanian junior team facility in Oneşti. Two years later, she was promoted to the national training center in Deva.
Răducan's first major international event was the 1998 Junior European Championships, where she won a silver medal on the balance beam, tied for bronze on the floor exercisehttp://www.gymn-forum.net/results/JEuros/Women/1998_ef.html Results from Junior Europeans EF, Gymn-Forum and took fourth place in the all-round. The next year, she rose to the senior ranks and made an impact at the World Championships in Tianjin, China, winning the FX final and being placed fifth in the all-round.
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