Celestina Popa
Popa celestina
Popa at the 1987 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Full name

Celestina Popa-Toma

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania


July 12 1970 (1970-07-12) (age 47)
Ploieşti, Prahova County, Wallachia, Romania

Years on National Team



Adrian Goreac

Current status


Celestina Popa-Toma (b. July 12, 1970 in Ploieşti, Romania) is a retired Romanian artistic gymnast, who competed in international events between 1985 and 1988. She is an Olympic silver medalist and a world gold and silver medalist with the team. She is best known for her eponymous straddle pike jump with full turn on floor as well as for her flexibility and unique style.


In 1984 she placed second at the Romanian Junior Nationals and she became a member of the national team. In 1985 she was a member of the silver medal winning team at the 1985 World Championships. Also in 1985, she was the all around champion, vault and beam gold medalist at the International Chunichi Cup in Japan.

Together with Aurelia Dobre, Camelia Voinea, Eugenia Golea, Daniela Silivaş and Ecaterina Szabo, Celestina was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 1987 World Championships Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In 1988 she won the silver medal with the team at the Olympics and placed tenth all around in the preliminaries.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1984Romanian Nationals2nd
1985Montreal World Championships2nd
Chunichi Cup 1st
1987Rotterdam World Championships1st
1988Seoul Olympic Games2nd

Floor Music

1987-1988 - "Tea for Two"

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