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Eugenia Popa
Eugenia Popa
Popa at the 1991 World Sports Fair

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania

Born

September 10 1973 (1973-09-10) (age 43)
Bucharest, Romania

Club

Dinamo

Coaches

Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang

Current status

Retired

 Eugenia Popa (b. September 10, 1973 in Bucharest, Romania) is a retired Romanian artistic gymnast who represented Romania at the 1989 and 1991 World Championships and was an alternate to the 1992 Olympic team.

Career

Popa joined the Romanian National Team in 1987 and moved from Bucharest to Deva. Her first major competition was the 1988 Junior European Championships where she placed 4th in the all-around and advanced to two event finals including balance beam where she won a silver medal. At the end of 1989 Popa was named to the World Championships team. In Stuttgart she helped her team win a silver medal in the team final. Popa injured her knee in early 1990, but she chose to compete at the Romanian International with watered-down routines in order to prove she was still ready to compete. Popa's knee injury became worse and she could not compete for the rest of 1990. In 1991 she traveled to Indianapolis to compete at her second World Championships. Here Popa helped the Romanian Team earn a bronze medal in the team final. In 1992 Popa was named first alternate to the Romanian Olympic team; she traveled to Barcelona. Popa retired quietly following the Olympics. 

Following retirement, Popa began coaching gymnastics and is currently working at Salto Gymnastics Club in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. 

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1988Junior Friendship Championship2nd2nd
Junior European Tournament462nd
1989Stuttgart World Championships2nd
1991Romanian International1st
World Sports Fair2nd
Indianapolis World Championships3rd
1992Hungarian International2nd

Floor Music

1989 - "America" from West Side Story

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