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Silvia Stroescu
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Stroescu at the 2004 Olympic Games

Full name

Silvia Alexandra Stroescu

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania

Born

May 8 1985 (1985-05-08) (age 32)
Bucharest, Wallachia, Romania

Years on National Team

1998-2004

Club

CSS Steaua Bucharest

Coach(es)

Octavian Belu & Mariana Bitang
Angela Cacovean (former)

Current status

Retired

Silvia Alexandra Stroescu (b. May 8, 1985 in Bucharest, Romania) is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is an Olympic, world, and European gold medalist with the team.

Early Life and Career

She was one of the most successful junior gymnast of her generation. The major achievements of her junior years were the win of the prestigious Top Gym Trophy (1998) and of four medals (two gold and two silver) at the 2000 Junior European Gymnastics Championships. At these championships she won gold on floor (9.725), tied for gold on balance beam with Sabina Cojocar (9.6), earned a share of the Romanian team's silver medal, and placed second all-around (37.973) behind teammate Sabina Cojocar. Initially, Stroescu did not qualify for the all around event due to the two-per-country rule, having achieved the third qualification score among her teammates. But, in the all around final she replaced Carmen Ionescu who withdrew in her favor.

Senior Career

Her senior debut at a major international event was at the 2001 World Championships. Here she contributed to Romania’s sixth team title by competing on beam and uneven bars. Individually, she placed eleventh all around and seventh on floor. Later that year she won the mixed pair Swiss Cup event together with Marian Drǎgulescu. In the period 2002-2003 she did not make the team for major international events but she competed at the national championships and at some friendly international competitions. After being sidelined for two years she joined the team for the 2004 European Championships where she contributed to the team title. Just weeks before the 2004 Olympic games she decided to give up gymnastics being disappointed for not making the Olympic team. However, her disappointment was short lived and she returned to replace an injured Aura Andreea Munteanu. Stroescu went to Athens and was part of an immensely successful Romanian women's gymnastics team (four golds, one silver and one bronze in six events) that also included Oana Ban, Monica Roşu, Catalina Ponor, Daniela Sofronie and Alexandra Eremia. Though the team members were less experienced than most of their rivals, the Romanians hit every routine to take the team gold by a comfortable margin. World champions USA were second, and the Russians, led by Svetlana Khorkina, took the bronze.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1998Top Gym Trophy1st
2000Hungarian International2nd
Paris Junior European Championships2nd2nd1st1st
2001Ghent World Championships1st117
Swiss Cup1st
Arthur Gander Memorial3rd
Romanian International2nd
Massilia Gym Cup3rd
Romanian National Championships1st
2003Romanian National Championships53rd
2004Amsterdam European Championships1st
Athens Olympic Games1st
Romanian National Championships6


European Junior Balance Beam Champions
Alexandra MarinescuOlga RoschupkinaSabina Cojocar | Silvia Stroescu • Florica Leonida • Alina Stanculescu • Daria Elizarova • Viktoria KomovaMaria KharenkovaAngelina MelnikovaAnastasiya Ilyankova


European Junior Floor Exercise Champions
Viktoria KarpenkoTatyana Yarosh | Andreea IsărescuSilvia Stroescu • Mirabella Akhunu • Steliana Nistor • Aluissa Lacusteanu • Anastasia Grishina | Larisa IordacheMaria KharenkovaCatherine LyonsDenisa Golgota


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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