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Monica Roşu
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Roşu at the 2004 Olympic Games

Nickname(s)

Mona

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania

Born

May 11 1987 (1987-05-11) (age 30)
Bacău, Bacău County, Moldavia, Romania

Years on National Team

2000-2005

Club

CSS Bacău

Coach(es)

Octavian Belu & Mariana Bitang

Current status

Retired

Monica Roşu (born May 11, 1987 in Bacău) is an artistic gymnast from Romania. During her career, she won two Olympic gold medals (team and vault), a silver medal with the team at world championships and two gold continental medals (team and vault).

Early Life and Career

Monica started gymnastics in 1991 at age four and trained during her early years at CSS Bacău. Powerful and hardworking, Roşu was selected to train for the junior national team and left her family for Oneşti, then the site of the junior training center. The world got its first glimpse of young Roşu at the Top Gym Tournament in early 2000. When two juniors from Deva pulled out unexpectedly just days before the meet began, Roşu was selected as a last-minute replacement. Held annually in Charleroi, Belgium, the Top Gym Tournament is one of the most prestigious international junior competitions. Competing with an ankle injury and first-meet jitters, Monica's performance left much to be desired. After multiple falls, she finished 12th all-around and few fans ever expected to see her again. Determined to improve, Roşu competed internationally in the Netherlands and Slovakia in 2001. Always a powerful tumbler, she made great strides in vaulting and floor exercise and soon moved with her teammates to the national training center in Deva. Still a junior in 2002, she competed at the Romanian International, placing fourth. She went on to be a part of the junior squad at the European Championships, where she earned bronze medals on vault and floor exercise. Her second and last participation at the prestigious Top Gym Turnament turned out a success; she won the trophy ahead of teammate Alexandra Eremia.

Senior Career

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Rosu with her vault gold medal

Over the next two years, Roşu competed national and internationally, gaining a great deal of experience. She competed at her first world championships in the U.S. in 2003, winning silver with her team and placing fourth on the vault. She then won gold on vault and with the team at the European Championships the following spring. Roşu's finest hour came during the 2004 Olympics in Athens. With Cătălina Ponor, Daniela Sofronie, Oana Ban, Alexandra Eremia and Silvia Stroescu she was a part of the Romanian team who successfully defended their Olympic team title. In a dominant performance they won by nearly a full point and finished top on three of the four apparatus. The strongest vaulter on the team, she contributed scores in the finals of 9.625 on vault and 9.387 onbars. Roşu also won gold on the vault, competing the two most difficult vaults of the Olympic Games and indeed the most difficult ever performed by a woman in an Olympic competition so far. She scored 9.575 (S.V: 9.9) and 9.737 (S.V: 10.0). She was nearly two tenths ahead of her nearest rival, Annia Hatch.

After injuring herself in 2005, and showing sub-par performances, Roşu failed to make the 2005 World Championship team and has since retired.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2000Top Gym Tournament12
2002Romanian International4
Patras Junior European Championships3rd3rd
Top Gym Tournament1st
Arthur Gander Memorial3rd
2003Romanian Nationals1st
Romanian International1st1st1st
Massilia Gym Cup2nd
Anaheim World Championships2nd4
2004Arthur Gander Memorial2nd
Swiss Cup2nd
Amsterdam European Championships1st1st
Athens Olympic Games1st1st
Birmingham World Cup Final2nd

Floor Music

2004 - "In the Mouth of the Mountain King" 

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