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Diana Bulimar
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Bulimar at the 2016 Olympic Test Event

Full name

Diana Laura Bulimar

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania

Born

August 22 1995 (1995-08-22) (age 22)
Timişoara, Timiş County, Banat, Romania

Years on National Team

2008-present

Club

CSS Dinamo Bucharest

Coach(es)

Octavian Bellu, Mariana Bitang, Lucian Sandu, Mircea Vintila, Raluca Bugner
Cristian Moldovan, Lacramioara Moldovan (former)

Current status

Retired

Diana Bulimar (born August 22, 1995, in Timişoara, Romania) is a retired Romanian artistic gymnast. She is the 2013 European balance beam silver medalist and floor bronze medalist. She is also two time (2012 and 2014) European gold medalist with the team and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist with the team. Since 2011, an element on the floor exercise is named after her. The "Bulimar" is a Johnson leap (switch leap with 1/4 turn to side position) with additional 1/1 turn.

Early Life and Career

Bulimar was one of the most successful junior gymnasts of the 2008-2010 Romanian national junior team. During the junior years her highest achievements were the silver medal with the team and the bronze medal on uneven bars at the 2010 European Junior Championships and the silver medal on floor at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. She also placed fourth all around and on floor at the 2010 European Championships.

Senior Career

2011

Her first senior year was overshadowed by a foot injury that kept her out of the gym for several months. Thus, her debut at a senior competition was postponed for August 2011 at the Romanian National Championships. Here she won bronze on floor and placed fourth all around. After a good showing at two friendly meets in Germany and Great Britain she was selected in the team for the 2011 World Championships. Here, she helped her team place four in the team finals. Individually, she qualified in the eight place in the floor final. Unfortunately, a foot injury prevented her to compete in the finals. She was substituted in the floor finals by teammate Diana Chelaru who placed eight.

2012

After a successful spring season with good performances at international world cups and friendly meets, she was selected in the team for the 2012 European Championships in Brussels. Here she contributed to the team qualification and team gold medal on three events, floor, balance beam, and uneven bars. Although in the qualifications she placed fourth on beam and sixth on floor, she did not advanced in the event finals due to the higher scores of teammates Catalina Ponor and Larisa Iordache on these events. Her score on floor in the team finals (14.633) would have been enough for the silver medal in the floor final.

On July 7th, Bulimar was named to the Romanian team for the Olympic Games. During qualifications, Bulimar only competed bars and beam. She qualified eighth to the balance beam final. During the team final, Bulimar competed on bars, beam, and floor. Her performances helped Romania win the bronze medal behind the United States and Russia. Before the balance beam event final, Bulimar was pulled out and replaced with teammate Larisa Iordache.

2013

In January, Bulimar was announced as part of the lineup for the La Roche-sur-Yon World Cup. At the World Cup in March, Bulimar won silver on floor exercise. She also won gold on floor exercise at the Doha World Cup. At the end of March, she was named to the Romanian team for the European Championships.

Bulimar qualified second into the all-around and placed fourth in the final. She originally tied for fourth with Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber until a tie breaker was induced and the fourth place finish was awarded to Bulimar. She later won silver on beam behind compatriot Larisa Iordache and bronze on floor exercise.

In June, Bulimar competed at the Anadia World Cup in Portugal, winning bronze on balance beam and gold on floor exercise (tied with her teammate Iordache). In September, she won the all-around, balance beam, and floor exercise, and a bronze on uneven bars at the Turnen Dames Interland. She was set to compete at the Romanian Nationals in September, but withdrew with a knee injury that required surgery. The injury put Bulimar out of Worlds contention.

2014

Bulimar's first competition back from her injury was the Doha World Cup, where she won silver on floor and placed fourth on balance beam. She went on to compete at a friendly meet against gymnasts from Belgium and France, winning team gold and all-around silver.

She was selected to the Romanian team for the European Championships in May. She contributed to her team's gold medal finish and, individually, placed fifth on floor exercise. However, she re-injured her knee over the summer, taking her once again out of the Romanian Nationals and World Championships.[1]

2015

Bulimar returned to competition at the Doha World Cup, winning uneven bars silver and balance beam bronze. She struggled a little at the European Championships, still performing watered down routines, and only qualified to the all-around, where she placed tenth. She was set to compete at a friendly meet against gymnasts from Russia, Italy, and Colombia in late March, but withdrew at the last minute due to an issue with her knee.[2] She recovered in time to compete at a friendly meet against gymnasts from France in September, winning team gold and placing fourth on beam, fifth on floor, eighth in the all-around, tenth on vault, and eleventh on bars. The following month, she competed at the Novara Cup in Italy, earning the third-highest score on balance beam and winning team gold.

Bulimar was named to the Romanian team for the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, but Romania had many struggles. After leaving Catalina Ponor behind in Romania and losing Ana Maria Ocolisan to an injury, the team competed with only five gymnasts. They competed in the first subdivision of qualifications, but a large amount of falls caused Romania to finish qualifications in fourteenth place, missing the team final for the first time in almost fifty years.

She performed better after the World Championships, winning all-around bronze at the Gander Memorial in Switzerland.

2016

Bulimar started off the season at the Doha World Cup. She won silver on floor exercise, but finished eighth on uneven bars after a fall. In early April, she competed at a friendly meet against gymnasts from Belgium and Germany, winning team silver and all-around bronze. She was named to the Romanian team for the Test Event in Brazil. Unfortunately, Romania didn't fare any better than they did at the World Championships. Competing in the first subdivision, falls and low scores landed them in seventh place, meaning they would not qualify a full team to the Olympics. She suffered a torn Achilles tendon in training in May, leaving her out of contention for the European Championships and Olympic Games.[3]

Bulimar quietly retired after the 2016 Olympics.[4]

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2010Birmingham Junior European Championships2nd43rd4
Singapore Youth Olympic Games2nd
2011Romanian National Championships43rd
SUI-GER-ROU Friendly1st3rd
Tokyo World Championships4
2012Brussels European Championships1st
Ghent World Cup2nd1st
FRA-ROU Friendly1st
GER-GBR-ROU Friendly1st
London Olympic Games3rd
2013La Roche-sur-Yon World Cup2nd
Doha World Cup541st
Moscow European Championships42nd3rd
Anadia World Cup3rd1st
Turnen Dames Interland1st3rd1st1st
2014Doha World Cup42nd
BEL-FRA-ROU Friendly1st2nd
Sofia European Championships1st5
2015Doha World Cup2nd3rd
Montpellier European Championships10
France-Romania Friendly1st8101145
Novara Cup1st
Arthur Gander Memorial3rd
2016Doha World Cup82nd
Belgium Friendly2nd3rd
Rio de Janeiro Olympic Test Event7

Floor Music

2011-2013 - "Areg" by Samvel Yervinyan

2013-2014 - "Butterfly Dance" by HANA

2015 - "Sunrise" by Extasy Project

2016 - "Cry Me a River" by Justin Timberlake (as covered by David Garrett)

References

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