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Steliana Nistor
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Nistor at the 2008 Olympic Games

Nickname(s)

Stela

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania

Born

September 15 1989 (1989-09-15) (age 27)
Sibiu, Sibiu County, Transylvania, Romania

Years on National Team

2002-2008

Club

CSS Sibiu

Coach(es)

Nicolae Forminte, Lucian Sandu, Liliana Cozma
Mihaela Stănuleţ, Raluca Bugner, Livia Ponoran (former)

Current status

Retired

Steliana Nistor (born September 15, 1989 in Sibiu, Romania) is a Romanian gymnast. She is an Olympic and a world bronze medalist with the team. Individually, she is a world all around and beam silver medalist and a multiple European medalist on balance beam and uneven bars. Her best events were the uneven bars, the balance beam and the all around. She was a valuable member of the Romanian team between 2006 and 2008, often contributing to the team final score with the highest marks among all her colleagues.

Early Career

Steliana began gymnastics at the age of five, at the gymnastics club CSS Sibiu under the training of the former Olympic champion Mihaela Stănuleţ and of the coach Raluca Bugner (since 1998). In 1998 she placed first with the team at an international competition in France. In 2001 she won the all-around title, gold on bars and beam and bronze on floor at the Romanian junior championships in her age category. These successes allowed her to join the national junior gymnastic team in 2002. As a national junior she medaled in several international and national competitions. The 2004 European Junior Championships Amsterdam was an especially successful meet for Steliana. She won gold in the all around and floor final events and silver in the team and vault finals. Her all around score was the highest score of all the gymnasts, including the senior ones.

Senior Career

2005 - 2006

Since 2005, Steliana has been a member of the senior national gymnastic team. Unfortunately she was sidelined for nearly six months with back and knee injuries and she did not compete at all in 2005. It was only after an intensive rehabilitation process that she was able to return, and Nistor sometimes wore a protective brace on her right knee. She returned to the international competitions in 2006 at the Cottbus cup where she finished 6th in the beam finals. At the European Championships, Volos Greece she medaled silver with the team and she finished 6th on the uneven bars finals. At that competition she only competed on uneven bars. However, during 2006 she reestablished herself as contender in all around competitions winning the all around silver behind Sandra Izbaşa at the Romanian Nationals.Steliana was also a member of the national team competing for the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. According to the team's coach Nicolae Forminte, the 2006 team was Romania's most unexperienced generation since the time of Nadia Comăneci. From all the team members only Florica Leonida had the experience of a world championship. In Aarhus, the Romanian team placed 4th in the team competition, the first time since 1981 that the Romanian team failed to medal at a world championship. She also placed 4th all-around behind her teammate Sandra Izbaşa and 7th on beam and on uneven bars. She ended 2006 by pairing with Marian Drăgulescu for the silver medal at the Swiss Cup and by winning gold on beam and bronze on floor at the Glasgow Grand Prix.

2007

In 2007 she had several successful international meets. In the qualification round of the 2007 European Championships, Amsterdam, The Netherlands she placed second all around, third on beam and floor and fourth on bars. She won silver on bars and bronze on beam. The last Romanian gymnast to medal on bars at European Championships was Claudia Presecan in 1998. Falls from beam and on floor placed her fourth all-around and fifth on floor. Her team colleague Sandra Izbaşa won the all around silver medal.

At the 2007 World Championships, she helped her team to qualify in the third place by scoring the highest all around mark of the women's qualifications. Individually, she qualified first in the all around final and fourth on beam and fifth on uneven bars. She won silver in the all around event behind Shawn Johnson and silver on beam behind Nastia Liukin and placed sixth on the uneven bars finals. She also contributed considerably to the team bronze medal by receiving the highest average score of all her team colleagues.

Besides the European and World championships she competed at various world cup events. She won the Swiss Cup mixed pair event with Flavius Koczi, medaled gold on bars and bronze on floor at the Glasgow Gand Prix and won gold on beam and floor and bronze on bars at the Ghent World Cup.

2008 and the Olympics

In 2008 she competed at the European Championships in Clermond-Ferrand, France. She qualified second and fifth on beam and uneven bars finals, respectively and placed ten on floor and vault. She won gold with the team, silver on the uneven bars and after a fall she placed 6th on beam finals. Had there been a senior all around competition, Steliana would have won the title with her 60.700, highlighted by a 15.400 on bars (toe-on-1 and 1/2 to Jaeger; toe-on-Tkatchev-Pak) and 15.800 on beam (flip-flop full). A picture of her performing on the floor exercise at these European Championships appearead on the cover of May 2008 International Gymnastics Magazine.

The 2008 Romanian Nationals coincided with Nistor's exams, so she juggled a full competition with her studies. Nistor won the all-around and two events and scored 10s on Romanian language and literature, English and Sports. Her final average was 8.95, placing her among the top ten students in Deva. The process, Nistor told Prosport, was "draining," and she only competed bars at a dual meet with Italy the following week to give her mind and body a rest.

Together with Sandra Izbaşa, Anamaria Tămârjan, Gabriela Drăgoi, Andreea Grigore, and Andreea Acatrinei, Steliana was a member of the Romanian team at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games Beijing, China. In the team competition she did all four events and contributed heavily to the team score on uneven bars with a world class routine (scored 16.150). She won the bronze medal with the team and placed 5th in the all-around and 7th on uneven bars. Following the Olympic games, Nistor went back home while the other gymnasts went to Constanta for a holiday/training camp by the seaside. A few weeks later, she formally announced on television that she would be retiring, having been bothered by back pains for quite some time.

Retirement

After retirement form gymnastics she studied physical education, sports, and coaching in her hometown of Sibiu and was a representative of sportswear products. After graduation she went to Norway to work as a gymnastics coach, first at Drammen Turn club and then at Hammer Turn club in Fjellhamar.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2001Romanian Junior Nationals1st1st1st3rd
2004Amsterdam Junior European Championships2nd1st2nd1st
Chunichi Cup1st
Romanian Junior Nationals1st
2006Cottbus Cup6
Volos European Championships2nd6
Swiss Cup2nd
Glasgow World Cup51st3rd
Romanian Championships2nd
Arthur Gander Memorial2nd
Aarhus World Championships4477
2007Amsterdam European Championships42nd3rd5
Swiss Cup1st
Glasgow World Cup1st53rd
Ghent World Cup3rd1st1st
Stuttgart World Championships3rd2nd62nd
2008Clermont-Ferrand European Championships1st2nd6
Romanian Nationals1st1st1st3rd2nd
GBR-ROU Friendly1st1st1st2nd2nd
Beijing Olympic Games3rd57

Floor Music

2004 - "Ojos Asi" by Shakira

2006 - "El amor brujo: Pantomima" by Simó Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

2007 - "Stairway to Heaven" by The London Symphony Orchestra

2008 - "Happy Valley" by Vanessa Mae


European Junior All-Around Champions
Alexandra Marinescu • Anna Kovalyova • Sabina CojocarAnna PavlovaSteliana Nistor • Daria Elizarova • Viktoria KomovaEnus MarianiAngelina MelnikovaElena Eremina


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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