Cristina Elena Grigoraş

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Cristina Elena Grigoraş
— Gymnast —
Country represented  Romania
Born (1966-02-11) 11 February 1966 (age 48)
Satu Mare, Romania
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Head coach(es) Adrian Goreac
Assistant coach(es) Adrian Stan, Maria Cosma, Octavian Belu
Former coach(es) Márta Károlyi, Béla Károlyi
Eponymous skills Grigoraş (front tuck with half twist on balance beam)

Cristina Elena Grigoraş (born 11 February 1966) is a retired Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a two-time Olympic medalist with the team (gold in 1984 and silver in 1980).[1] Individually, she won four medals (vault, all around, uneven bars and floor) at the 1981 European Championships. She is best known for a skill on the balance beam named after her: forward salto tucked with ½ twist (180°) take off from both legs.[2]

Gymnastics career[edit]

Grigoraş trained at CSS Cetate Deva with Márta and Béla Károlyi until their defection to USA in 1981 and with coaches Adrian Goreac, Adrian Stan, Maria Cosma and Octavian Belu after 1981.[3][4]

1980 and the Olympic Games[edit]

Her senior debut in an international event was at the 1980 Italian-Romanian meet where she placed first with the team and second all-around. Her participation at the 1980 World Cup in Toronto brought her a bronze medal on vault.[3] She also placed fourth all around ahead of teammate Emilia Eberle, fifth on floor and eight on balance beam.[5][6] Together with Nadia Comăneci, Rodica Dunca, Emilia Eberle, Melita Ruhn and Dumitriţa Turner, Grigoraş was a member of the silver medal team at the 1980 Olympics.[7] At these Olympic games she did not compete in any individual final event.[8][9]

1981[edit]

At the 1981 European Championships in Madrid, Spain, Grigoraş medaled in all events except the balance beam.[3] She won silver in the all around behind Maxi Gnauck,[10][11] gold on vault, silver on uneven bars, bronze on floor and she placed eighth on beam.[12] Her results in the all around and the events finals were the highest among her team members.[11][12] In 1981 she also won the Champions All Trophy[13] and was a team member at the 1981 World Championships in Moscow. At these World Championships she placed fourth with the team and fifth in the all around and uneven bars events.[3] Once again her result in the all around was the highest among the Romanian team.[14]

1982-1984 and the Olympic Games[edit]

In 1982 Grigoraş did not compete at all.[3] She returned to gymnastics events in 1983, but she was only an alternate in the team at the 1983 World Championships.[15] In 1984 she won several medals for all around at some minor international events.[3] In 1984 Grigoraş went with the team to Los Angeles to compete at the 1984 Olympic Games.[16] The other members of the team were Lavinia Agache, Laura Cutina, Simona Păucă, Mihaela Stănuleţ, and Ecaterina Szabo. She contributed to the team gold medal and she placed eighth in the preliminaries of the all around event.[3]

Retirement[edit]

Grigoraş' last event appears to be the 1985 Dutch Romanian meet.[3] After she retired Grigoraş went to Athens, Greece, to coach gymnastics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cristina Grigoraş". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  2. ^ "FIG" 2009 Code of points - Women's Artistic Gymnastics, page 166
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h “Gymn-Forum” Cristina Grigoras
  4. ^ Jurnalul National (Romanian) Interview with Octavian Bellu, Marius Tucă, October 28, 2008
  5. ^ “Gymn-Forum” 1980 World Cup Women’s All around
  6. ^ "Gymn-Forum" 1980 World Cup Women’s Events Finals
  7. ^ Gymnastics at the 1980 Summer Olympics” Team Competition
  8. ^ “Gymn Forum” 1980 Olympic Games, Women’s All around
  9. ^ “Gymn Forum” 1980 Olympic Games Women’s Events Finals
  10. ^ “Times” E. German Gymnast European Champion
  11. ^ a b "Gymn-Forum" 1981 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships Women's All Around
  12. ^ a b "Gymn Forum" 1981 European Championships Women's Events Finals
  13. ^ Gymn Forum Results 1981 Champions All
  14. ^ “Gymn-Forum” 1981 World Championship Women’s All Around
  15. ^ ”Gymnastics Greats” The Alternates
  16. ^ "Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics"