Lavinia Agache (-Carney) (b. 11 February 1968 in Căiuţi, Bacău) is a retired Romanian gymnast. She had a successful senior career winning a number of ten medals at major international events. She medaled team gold at the 1984 Olympics and team silver at the 1983 Worlds. Individually she won an Olympic bronze medal on vault, three medals at the 1983 Worlds (silver on vault and uneven bars, and bronze on beam) and four medals at the 1983 European Championships (gold on beam, silver all around and uneven bars, and bronze on vault).
Early Life and Career
She began gymnastics in 1974 at the age of 6 with Mihai Agoston and Maria Florescu, and was later coached by Bela and Marta Karolyi before their defection to the United States and later on by Octavian Bellu, Adrian Goreac and Maria Cosma. She had a promising junior career winning bronze all-around at the 1980 Junior European Championships and the 1981 International Japan Junior Invitational. In 1985 she retired due to a broken kneecap warming up on balance beam at the University Games. She has two younger siblings named Gabriel and Monica.
After retiring from gymnastics, Agache finished her university studies in Romania. In 1991 she moved to the United States to coach after participating in the World Professional Championships. She has lived in California,Oklahoma,Minnesota and Florida. In 1995 she married an American, Tom Carney. They later divorced. In 2004, she got remarried to Manuel "Manny" Ramos and currently resides with him and their dog, a Shizu named Sasha, in Plantation,Florida. They have four nieces;Sarah, Emily, Anna and Rachel. Agache is currently coaching at Intensity Gymnastics in Margate, Florida. She has previously coached at Orlando Metro,Everglades Gymnastics and Nova Gymnastics. Her mother, brother and sister also live in Florida.
|1980||Junior European Championships||3rd|
|1981||International Japan Junior Invitational||3rd|
|Budapest World Championships||2nd||2nd||3rd||2nd||1st|
|Los Angeles Olympic Games||1st||3rd|
|European Balance Beam Champions|
|Larisa Latynina • Věra Čáslavská • Polina Astakhova • Eva Rydell • Věra Čáslavská • Karin Janz • Tamara Lazakovich • Ludmilla Tourischeva • Nadia Comăneci • Elena Mukhina • Natalia Shaposhnikova • Maxi Gnauck • Lavinia Agache • Oksana Omelianchik • Daniela Silivaş • Gabriela Potorac | Olesya Dudnik • Svetlana Boginskaya • Gina Gogean • Roza Galiyeva • Yevgeniya Kuznetsova • Svetlana Khorkina • Ludmila Ezhova • Cătălina Ponor • Yulia Lozhechko • Ksenia Semenova • Yana Demyanchuk • Amelia Racea • Anna Dementyeva • Cătălina Ponor • Larisa Iordache • Maria Kharenkova • Andreea Munteanu • Aliya Mustafina • Cătălina Ponor|
|European Floor Exercise Champions|
|Larisa Latynina • Polina Astakhova • Larisa Latynina • Marjana Bilic • Věra Čáslavská • Olga Karasyova • Ludmilla Tourischeva • Nadia Comăneci • Maria Filatova | Elena Mukhina • Nadia Comăneci • Maxi Gnauck • Lavinia Agache • Elena Shushunova • Daniela Silivaş • Daniela Silivaş | Svetlana Boginskaya • Lilia Podkopayeva • Lilia Podkopayeva | Lavinia Miloşovici • Corina Ungureanu • Ludivine Furnon • Alona Kvasha • Cătălina Ponor • Isabelle Severino • Sandra Izbaşa • Vanessa Ferrari • Sandra Izbaşa • Beth Tweddle • Sandra Izbaşa • Larisa Iordache • Ksenia Afanasyeva • Larisa Iordache | Vanessa Ferrari • Ksenia Afanasyeva • Giulia Steingruber • Angelina Melnikova|
|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|