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Lavinia Agache
Agache at the 1984 Olympic Games

Full name

Lavinia Agache-Carney

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania


February 11 1968 (1968-02-11) (age 49)
Caiuţi, Bacău County, Moldovia, Romania

Years on National Team



Gymnastics School in Oneşti


Octavian Belu, Maria Cosma, Adrian Goreac
Béla Károlyi, Marta Károlyi (former)

Current status


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.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1980Junior European Championships3rd
1981International Japan Junior Invitational3rd
1982Romanian International3rd1st
1983Romanian International2nd
Budapest World Championships2nd2nd3rd2nd1st
1984Romanian International1st
Los Angeles Olympic Games1st3rd
1985Hungarian International1st

European Balance Beam Champions
Larisa LatyninaVěra ČáslavskáPolina Astakhova • Eva Rydell • Věra ČáslavskáKarin JanzTamara LazakovichLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciElena MukhinaNatalia ShaposhnikovaMaxi GnauckLavinia AgacheOksana OmelianchikDaniela SilivaşGabriela Potorac | Olesya DudnikSvetlana BoginskayaGina GogeanRoza GaliyevaYevgeniya KuznetsovaSvetlana KhorkinaLudmila EzhovaCătălina PonorYulia LozhechkoKsenia SemenovaYana DemyanchukAmelia RaceaAnna DementyevaCătălina PonorLarisa IordacheMaria KharenkovaAndreea MunteanuAliya MustafinaCătălina Ponor

European Floor Exercise Champions
Larisa LatyninaPolina AstakhovaLarisa Latynina • Marjana Bilic • Věra ČáslavskáOlga KarasyovaLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciMaria Filatova | Elena MukhinaNadia ComăneciMaxi GnauckLavinia AgacheElena ShushunovaDaniela SilivaşDaniela Silivaş | Svetlana BoginskayaLilia PodkopayevaLilia Podkopayeva | Lavinia MiloşoviciCorina UngureanuLudivine Furnon • Alona Kvasha • Cătălina PonorIsabelle SeverinoSandra IzbaşaVanessa FerrariSandra IzbaşaBeth TweddleSandra IzbaşaLarisa IordacheKsenia AfanasyevaLarisa Iordache | Vanessa FerrariKsenia AfanasyevaGiulia SteingruberAngelina Melnikova

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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