Ana Porgras (born December 18, 1993 in Galaţi, Romania) is a former Romanian artistic gymnast. She won the uneven bars bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships and the balance beam gold medal at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam. Porgras is considered to be one of the most artistic gymnasts of her generation, reminiscent of the Eastern European gymnasts of the 1980s. She was awarded the Longines Prize of Elegance in 2011.
Early Life and Career
Ana Porgras began gymnastics in her native town Galaţi with coaches Agripina and Paul Gâlea. Later she joined the Romanian Junior National Team coached by Ramona Micu, Florin Cotuţiu and Daniel Nistor. Porgras had a successful junior career medaling at various international competitions. In 2007, she won the gold medal on balance beam, bronze with the team, and placed seventh all-around, fifth on vault and eighth on uneven bars at the prestigious Massilia Cup. She also won the gold medal on balance beam at the 2008 Junior European Championships and placed ninth all-around and fourth with the team. Unfortunately, towards the end of her junior career she needed knee surgery to repair a detached ligament.
Not yet fully recovered after knee surgery, Porgras missed the 2009 European Championships. However, she had a promising senior debut at the 2009 World Championships in London. She qualified first on balance beam, second in the individual all-around, third on floor, and seventh on uneven bars. Falls from balance beam in the all-around and balance beam finals prevented her from winning medals in these events, placing seventh all-around and on balance beam. However, she did end her first World Championships experience with a bronze medal on the uneven bars (tied with USA's Rebecca Bross). She also tied for fifth place with Bross on floor. Later that year, Porgras had an excellent showing at the DTB Cup in Stuttgart by winning the gold medal on balance beam.
Still struggling with injuries, Ana was a member of the team at the 2010 European Championships. She helped the team qualify in second place by competing on balance beam and uneven bars. Individually, she qualified first on beam and seventh on bars. She helped her team win the bronze medal by earning the top mark of the day on beam (14.800) and by scoring 13.700 on uneven bars. During the team finals, Ana suffered an injury from her balance beam dismount, which forced her to withdraw from the beam and uneven bars finals. After her return to Romania, she was diagnosed with a crack in her right fibula. In September she made a successful comeback at the Ghent World Cup winning the gold medal on balance beam and a silver medal on uneven bars. One week later she defended her all-around title at the Romanian National Championships and also won gold on balance beam and bronze on floor. In October she was selected in the national team for the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam. Here she helped her team to place fourth in the team finals by performing on beam, floor and uneven bars. Individually, she placed fifth all around and on uneven bars, respectively, and won the gold medal on balance beam over Rebecca Bross and defending champion Deng Linlin. Porgras was the Romanian women's first world champion since Andreea Raducan won beam and floor in 2001.
In April, at the 2011 European Championships Porgras competed on two events only (beam and uneven bars) and failed to make the finals. However, in August 2011 she had a good showing at the Romanian national championships winning her third consecutive all-around national title. After a good performance at two friendly meets in Germany and Great Britain, Porgras was selected in the team for the 2011 World Championships. In the qualification day she had a weak performance grabbing the beam on her switch ring and falling on her double layout dismount on uneven bars, failing to make the event finals. However, in the team finals competition she helped Romania place fourth by receiving the highest marks on beam (15.300) and uneven bars (14.066) among her team. Individually, she managed a good performance in the all-around final but, she only placed sixth due to small mistakes on floor and the low difficulty of her vault exercise.
After injuring her elbow during a training camp in France she announced her retirement from gymnastics in January 2012 only seven months away from the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
|2007||Élite Gym Massilia||3rd||7||5||8||1st|
|2008||Clermont-Ferrand Junior European Championships||4||9||1st|
|2009||London World Championships||7||3rd||7||5|
|Stuttgart World Cup||1st|
|2010||Birmingham European Championships||3rd|
|Ghent World Cup||2nd||1st|
|Romanian National Championships||1st||1st||3rd|
|Rotterdam World Championships||4||5||5||1st|
|2011||Romanian National Championships||1st|
|Tokyo World Championships||4||6|
2009-2010 - "The Second Waltz" by Dimitri Shostakovich
2011 - "La Bohemia" by Caravelli
|World Balance Beam Champions|
|Vlasta Děkanová • Helena Rakoczy • Keiko Tanaka • Larisa Latynina • Eva Bosáková • Natalia Kuchinskaya • Erika Zuchold • Nellie Kim • Ludmilla Tourischeva • Nadia Comăneci • Vera Cerna • Maxi Gnauck • Olga Mostepanova • Daniela Silivaş • Aurelia Dobre • Daniela Silivaş • Svetlana Boginskaya • Kim Zmeskal • Lavinia Miloşovici • Shannon Miller • Mo Huilan • Dina Kochetkova • Gina Gogean • Ling Jie • Andreea Răducan • Ashley Postell • Fan Ye • Nastia Liukin • Iryna Krasnianska • Nastia Liukin • Deng Linlin • Ana Porgras • Sui Lu • Aliya Mustafina • Simone Biles|
|Longines Prize for Elegance Winners|
|Svetlana Khorkina • Elena Zamolodchikova • Carly Patterson • Monette Russo • Cheng Fei • Shawn Johnson • Elsa García • Rie Tanaka • Ana Porgras • Kyla Ross • Yao Jinnan • Giulia Steingruber • Becky Downie|
|Romanian National Champions|
|Elena Ceampelea • Anca Grigoraș • Nadia Comăneci • Cristina Itu • Emilia Eberle • Lavinia Agache • Ecaterina Szabo • Daniela Silivaş | Ecaterina Szabo • Daniela Silivaş • Cristina Bontaş • Lavinia Miloşovici • Simona Amânar • Maria Olaru • Simona Amânar | Andreea Răducan • Sabina Cojocar | Silvia Stroescu • Aura Andreea Munteanu • Cătălina Ponor • Sandra Izbaşa • Steliana Nistor • Ana Porgras • Larisa Iordache|