Ana Porgras

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Ana Porgras
— Gymnast —
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Personal information
Country represented  Romania
Born (1993-12-18) 18 December 1993 (age 20)
Galați, Romania
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior
Head coach(es) Octavian Bellu and Mariana Bitang
Assistant coach(es) Liliana Cozma, Lucian Sandu, Florin Cotuțiu
Former coach(es) Nicolae Forminte
Retired 2012

Ana Porgras (born 18 December 1993 in Galați, Romania) is a former Romanian artistic gymnast. She won the uneven bars bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships and the balance beam gold medal at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam. Porgras was considered to be one of the most artistic gymnasts of her generation, reminiscent of the Eastern European gymnasts of the 1980s. She was awarded the Longines Prize of Elegance in 2011.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Ana Porgras began gymnastics in her native town Galați with coaches Agripina and Paul Gâlea.[2] Later she joined the Romanian Junior National Team coached by Ramona Micu, Florin Cotuțiu and Daniel Nistor.[3] Porgras had a successful junior career, medaling at various international competitions. In 2007, she won the gold medal on balance beam, bronze with the team, and placed seventh all-around, fifth on vault and eighth on uneven bars at the Massilia Cup.[4] She also won the gold medal on balance beam at the 2008 Junior European Championships and placed ninth all-around and fourth with the team.[5] Unfortunately, towards the end of her junior career she needed knee surgery to repair a detached ligament.[6]

Senior career[edit]

2009[edit]

Porgras on the balance beam during the beam finals at the 2009 World Championships.

Not yet fully recovered after knee surgery, Porgras missed the 2009 European Championships. However, she had a promising senior debut at the 2009 World Championships in London. She qualified first on balance beam, second in the individual all-around, third on floor, and seventh on uneven bars.[7] Falls from balance beam in the all-around and balance beam finals prevented her from winning medals in these events, placing seventh all-around and on balance beam. However, she did end her first World Championships experience with a bronze medal on the uneven bars (tied with USA's Rebecca Bross). She also tied for fifth place with Bross on floor. Later that year, Porgras had an excellent showing at the DTB Cup in Stuttgart by winning the gold medal on balance beam.[8]

2010[edit]

Still struggling with injuries,[9] Porgras was a member of the team at the 2010 European Championships. She helped the team qualify in second place by competing on balance beam and uneven bars. Individually, she qualified first on beam and seventh on bars.[10] She helped her team win the bronze medal by earning the top mark of the day on beam (14.800)[11] and by scoring 13.700 on uneven bars. During the team finals, Porgras suffered an injury from her balance beam dismount,[12] which forced her to withdraw from the beam and uneven bars finals.[13] After her return to Romania, she was diagnosed with a crack in her right fibula.[12] In September she made a successful comeback at the Ghent World Cup, winning the gold medal on balance beam and a silver medal on uneven bars.[14] One week later she defended her all-around title at the Romanian National Championships and also won gold on balance beam and bronze on floor.[15][16]

In October she was selected in the national team for the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam. Here she helped her team to place fourth in the team finals by performing on beam, floor and uneven bars.[17] Individually, she placed fifth all around[18] and on uneven bars,[19] respectively, and won the gold medal on balance beam over Rebecca Bross and defending champion Deng Linlin. Porgras was the Romanian women's first world champion since Andreea Raducan won beam and floor in 2001.[20][21]

2011[edit]

In April, at the 2011 European Championships Porgras competed on two events only (beam and uneven bars) and failed to make the finals.[22] However, in August 2011 she had a good showing at the Romanian National Championships, winning her third consecutive all-around national title.[23] After a good performance at two friendly meets in Germany and Great Britain, Porgras was selected to the team for the 2011 World Championships. In the qualification day she had a weak performance, grabbing the beam on her switch ring and falling on her double layout dismount on uneven bars, failing to make the event finals.[24] However, in the team finals competition she helped Romania place fourth by receiving the highest marks on beam (15.300) and uneven bars (14.066) among her team.[25] Individually, she managed a good performance in the all-around final, but she only placed sixth due to small mistakes on floor and the low difficulty of her vault exercise.[18]

Retirement[edit]

After injuring her elbow during a training camp in France she announced her retirement from gymnastics in January 2012 only seven months away from the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.[26]

Awards[edit]

In October 2009, during a ceremony at the Presidential Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest, Porgras received a medal honoring her achievements at the 2009 World Championships.[27] She was awarded one of the two Longines Prizes of Elegance in 2011. The other 2011 Longines Prize was awarded to Kōhei Uchimura.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b International Gymnast Magazine Uchimura takes third world all around title, Amanda Turner, October 14
  2. ^ Steliana Nistor Unofficial website Ana Porgras and Anamaria Tamarjan are both struggling with injuries, English compilation of articles (Romanian) in Prosport by Mirela Basescu, November 2009
  3. ^ Steliana Nistor, Unofficial website Provisional list for Europeans, March 2008
  4. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Galante Wins Massilia Cup, November 25, 2007
  5. ^ European Union of Artistic Gymnastics Statistics 2008 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships[dead link]
  6. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Three Romanians face recovery, Amanda Turner, November 26, 2008
  7. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Prelims Conclude: Bross takes top ranking, Dwight Normile, October 14, 2009
  8. ^ International Gymnast Magazine China takes four as DTB cup concludes, Amanda Turner, November 14, 2009
  9. ^ Prosport With bleeding hands (Romanian) April 27, 2010 by Mirela Băsescu
  10. ^ Longines Timing 28th European Artistic Gymnastics Championships: List of qualifiers[dead link]
  11. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Russian women reclaim European title, by Amanda Turner, May 1, 2010
  12. ^ a b International Gymnast Magazine X-rays reveal broken bone for Porgras, by Amanda Turner, May 5, 2010
  13. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Tweddle, Russia bid golden farewell to Birmingham, by Amanda Turner, May 2, 2010
  14. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Guo golden in Gent as world cup concludes, by Amanda Turner, September 12, 2010
  15. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Porgras, Koczi defend Romanian titles, by Amanda Turner, September 18, 2010
  16. ^ Romanian Gymnastics Federation Final events dominated by Sandra Izbașa and Flavius Koczi
  17. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Russian women win firs world team title, by Amanda Turner, October 20, 2010
  18. ^ a b International Gymnast Magazine Uchimura, Mustafina win all around titles, by Amanda Turner, October 22, 2010
  19. ^ International Gymnast Magazine British best in day 1 of event finals, by Amanda Turner, October 23, 2010
  20. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Bouhail, Mitchell make gymnastics history, by Amanda Turner, October 24, 2010
  21. ^ LIVE: Finalele pe aparate la Campionatul Mondial. Ana Porgras este campioana mondiala!!! Onlinesport.ro
  22. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Mustafina dominates Berlin qualifications, by Amanda Turner, April 6, 2011
  23. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Porgras takes third Romanian title, by Amanda Turner, August 29, 2011
  24. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Romania leads gymnastics worlds after day one, by Amanda Turner, October 7, 2011
  25. ^ Gymnastics Results 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
  26. ^ International Gymnastics Magazine Romanian star Ana Porgras calls it quits, by Amanda Turner, January 16, 2012
  27. ^ Epoch Times Romania Marian Drǎgulescu and Mihai Covaliu decorated at Cotroceni (Romanian), October 20, 2009

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