Amelia Racea (born August 29, 1994, in Tîrgu Jiu, Romania) is a retired Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a European champion on balance beam and a European all around and team bronze medalist.
Early Gymnastics Career
She started gymnastics at the age of 6 and won her first all around national title in her age category in 2007. In 2008 she joined the junior national team in Deva. She had a successful junior career medaling at various international competitions. She won silver on beam and bronze on floor and placed fourth all around and with the team at the 2008 Junior European Championships. In 2009 she placed fifth all around at the prestigious American Cup ahead of more experienced gymnast such as Koko Tsurumi and Kristina Goryunova. If not for a fall from uneven bars she might have placed higher. Later that year she won the all around junior title at both the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy and the Lugano Trophy in Switzerland. The 10th European Youth Olympic Festival in Tampere was a very successful meet for Racea. Here she won a total a six medals, two gold (vault and beam) and four silver (floor, uneven bars, all around and with the team).
Her senior debut at a major international competition was at the 2010 European Championships. Here she qualified for the vault and floor finals and contributed to the team bronze medal. In the beam final she replaced the top qualifier Ana Porgras who withdrew due to an ankle injury. She won the gold medal on beam and placed fifth on floor and seventh on vault. Due to injuries Racea was a reserve of the team for the 2010 World Championships and she did not compete at this event.
Her first 2011 competition was the European Championships in Berlin. Here she had a weak performance in the qualification day with mistakes on floor, beam and uneven bars. Consequently, she failed to qualify on beam and barely qualified in the all around final (place 22). However, in the all around final Racea managed to have clean routines and edged teammate Diana Chelaru for the bronze medal. She also placed seventh in the vault final. A week later she participated at the 2011 Glasgow World Cup, where she won the all around title ahead of Jessica Lopez and teammate Raluca Haidu. In August–September 2011, she had good performances at the Romanian National Championships (second all around) and at two friendly meets in Germany and Great Britain. After these competitions she went with the Romanian team to compete at the 2011 World Championships. Here, she helped her team place fourth by competing on uneven bars and on beam in the team final. Individually, she placed fifth in the beam final.
Racea tried for the 2012 Olympics but was not named to the team. She announced her retirement on October 11.
|2007||Romanian Junior Nationals||1st|
|2008||Clermont-Ferrand Junior European Championships||4||4||2nd||3rd|
|2009||Tyson American Cup||5|
|City of Jesolo Trophy||1st|
|Tampere European Youth Olympic Festival||2nd||2nd||1st||2nd||1st||2nd|
|2010||Birmingham European Championships||3rd||7||1st||5|
|2011||Berlin European Championships||3rd||7|
|Glasgow World Cup||1st|
|Romanian National Championships||2nd|
|Tokyo World Championships||4||5|
2008-2009 - "Black Bart Rides Again" by Kim Angelis
|European Balance Beam Champions|
|Larisa Latynina • Věra Čáslavská • Polina Astakhova • Eva Rydell • Věra Čáslavská • Karin Janz • Tamara Lazakovich • Ludmilla Tourischeva • Nadia Comăneci • Elena Mukhina • Natalia Shaposhnikova • Maxi Gnauck • Lavinia Agache • Oksana Omelianchik • Daniela Silivaş • Gabriela Potorac | Olesya Dudnik • Svetlana Boginskaya • Gina Gogean • Roza Galiyeva • Yevgeniya Kuznetsova • Svetlana Khorkina • Ludmila Ezhova • Cătălina Ponor • Yulia Lozhechko • Ksenia Semenova • Yana Demyanchuk • Amelia Racea • Anna Dementyeva • Cătălina Ponor • Larisa Iordache • Maria Kharenkova • Andreea Munteanu • Aliya Mustafina • Cătălina Ponor|