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Ana Porgras
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Porgras at the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania

Born

December 18 1993 (1993-12-18) (age 23)
Galaţi, Galaţi County, Romania

Years on National Team

2006-2012

Coach(es)

Octavian Bellu, Mariana Bitang, Liliana Cozma, Lucian Sandu, Florin Cotuţiu
Nicolae Forminte (former)

Current status

Retired

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.

Senior Career

2009

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.

2010

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.

2011

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.

Retirement

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.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2007Élite Gym Massilia3rd7581st
2008Clermont-Ferrand Junior European Championships491st
2009London World Championships73rd75
Stuttgart World Cup1st
2010Birmingham European Championships3rd
Ghent World Cup2nd1st
Romanian National Championships1st1st3rd
SUI-GER-ROU Friendly1st1st
Rotterdam World Championships4551st
2011Romanian National Championships1st
SUI-GER-ROU Friendly1st1st
Tokyo World Championships46

Floor Music

2009-2010 - "The Second Waltz" by Dimitri Shostakovich

2011 - "La Bohemia" by Caravelli


World Balance Beam Champions
Vlasta DěkanováHelena RakoczyKeiko TanakaLarisa LatyninaEva BosákováNatalia KuchinskayaErika ZucholdNellie KimLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciVera CernaMaxi GnauckOlga MostepanovaDaniela SilivaşAurelia DobreDaniela SilivaşSvetlana BoginskayaKim ZmeskalLavinia MiloşoviciShannon MillerMo HuilanDina KochetkovaGina GogeanLing JieAndreea RăducanAshley PostellFan YeNastia LiukinIryna KrasnianskaNastia LiukinDeng LinlinAna PorgrasSui LuAliya MustafinaSimone Biles


Longines Prize for Elegance Winners
Svetlana KhorkinaElena ZamolodchikovaCarly PattersonMonette RussoCheng FeiShawn JohnsonElsa GarcíaRie TanakaAna PorgrasKyla RossYao JinnanGiulia SteingruberBecky Downie


Romanian National Champions
Elena Ceampelea • Anca Grigoraș • Nadia Comăneci • Cristina Itu • Emilia EberleLavinia AgacheEcaterina SzaboDaniela Silivaş | Ecaterina SzaboDaniela SilivaşCristina BontaşLavinia MiloşoviciSimona AmânarMaria OlaruSimona Amânar | Andreea RăducanSabina Cojocar | Silvia StroescuAura Andreea MunteanuCătălina PonorSandra IzbaşaSteliana NistorAna PorgrasLarisa Iordache

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