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Amelia Racea
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Racea at the 2011 European Championships

Full name

Elena Amelia Racea

Nickname(s)

Ama

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania

Born

August 29 1994 (1994-08-29) (age 22)
Tîrgu Jiu, Gorj County, Oltenia, Romania

Years on National Team

2008-present

Coach(es)

Octavian Belu & Mariana Bitang

Current status

Retired

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).

Senior Career

2010

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.

2011

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.

2012

Racea tried for the 2012 Olympics but was not named to the team. She announced her retirement on October 11.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2007Romanian Junior Nationals1st
2008Clermont-Ferrand Junior European Championships442nd3rd
2009Tyson American Cup5
City of Jesolo Trophy1st
Lugano Trophy1st
Tampere European Youth Olympic Festival 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd
2010Birmingham European Championships3rd71st5
2011Berlin European Championships3rd7
Glasgow World Cup1st
Romanian National Championships2nd
SUI-GER-ROU Friendly1st2nd
Tokyo World Championships45
2012FRA-ROU Friendly1st5
GER-GBR-ROU Friendly1st

Floor Music

2008-2009 - "Black Bart Rides Again" by Kim Angelis


European Balance Beam Champions
Larisa LatyninaVěra ČáslavskáPolina Astakhova • Eva Rydell • Věra ČáslavskáKarin JanzTamara LazakovichLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciElena MukhinaNatalia ShaposhnikovaMaxi GnauckLavinia AgacheOksana OmelianchikDaniela SilivaşGabriela Potorac | Olesya DudnikSvetlana BoginskayaGina GogeanRoza GaliyevaYevgeniya KuznetsovaSvetlana KhorkinaLudmila EzhovaCătălina PonorYulia LozhechkoKsenia SemenovaYana DemyanchukAmelia RaceaAnna DementyevaCătălina PonorLarisa IordacheMaria KharenkovaAndreea MunteanuAliya MustafinaCătălina Ponor

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