Cătălina Ponor

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Cătălina Ponor
— Gymnast —
Catalina Ponor.jpg
Ponor in 2012
Personal information
Full name Cătălina Ponor
Nickname(s) Cătă
Country represented  Romania
Born (1987-08-20) 20 August 1987 (age 28)
Constanța, Romania
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 51 kg (112 lb 7 oz)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Club CS Dinamo București
Head coach(es) Octavian Belu
Assistant coach(es) Sandu Lucian
Former coach(es) Matei Stanei and Gabriela Dosoftei
Choreographer Mariana Bitang
Music

2004: Gia
2005: Harem
2006: Underground
2007: Dark Angel
2011: Rise
2011-2012: Requiem for a Dream

2012: Fever

Cătălina Ponor (Romanian pronunciation: [kətəˈlina poˈnor]; born 20 August 1987) is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She won three gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics, on balance beam, floor, and as part of the Romanian team. She also earned a silver medal on floor and a bronze medal as part of the Romanian team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as multiple World Championship and European Championship medals.

Early life[edit]

Ponor was born in Constanta. She started gymnastics when she was four years old.[1]

In 2002, Ponor was discovered training in Constanţa by the Romanian national team coaches Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang who invited her to train with the national team.[2]

Senior career[edit]

2003[edit]

In August, Ponor competed at the 2003 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, United States. She helped the Romanian team finish in second place and in event finals she placed second on balance beam scoring 9.587 and second on floor scoring 9.700.[3]

In November, Ponor competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Stuttgart, Germany. She placed first on balance beam with a score of 9.587 and third on floor scoring 9.237.[4]

2004[edit]

In March, Ponor competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Cottbus, Germany. She placed first on balance beam scoring 9.700 and second on floor scoring 9.575.[5]

Later in March, Ponor competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Lyon, France. She placed second on balance beam scoring 9.175 and second on floor scoring 9.625.[6]

At the beginning of May, Ponor competed at the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She helped the Romanian team finish in first place. In event finals, she placed first on balance beam scoring 9.725 and first on floor scoring 9.637.[7]

Athens Olympics[edit]

In August, Ponor competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She contributed scores of 9.412 on vault, 9.762 on balance beam, and 9.750 on floor towards the Romanian team's first-place finish.[8] In event finals, she placed first on balance beam with a score of 9.787 and first on floor with a score of 9.750.[9] Ponor said, "I'm very happy for my medals. Today it was a dream that came true. I would like to thank my coaches for the courage they gave me during the competition, and for the preparation. The atmosphere was wonderful, simply unique. Adding these two titles to the team's gold is an amazing feeling. I was not afraid that I was going to lose the gold medal on Floor. When I won the gold medal on Balance Beam, I was very emotional. I had wished to win that medal forever. I became even more emotional when I won the gold medal on Floor Exercise, because it became a second gold medal, and a gold medal is very hard to get."[10] Ponor was the first female gymnast since Daniela Silivaș in 1988 and last since to win three gold medals at a single Olympics.[2]

2005[edit]

In June, Ponor competed at the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. She placed first on balance beam with a score of 9.737 and fourth on floor with a score of 9.200.[11]

In November, Ponor competed at the 2005 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, Australia. She placed third in the balance beam final with a score of 9.500.[12]

2006[edit]

In March, Ponor competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Cottbus, Germany. She placed sixth in the floor final with a score of 13.250.[13]

In April, Ponor competed at the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Volos, Greece. She placed first on balance beam with a score of 15.800 and third on floor with a score of 14.600.[14]

2007[edit]

In May, Ponor returned to training with Mariana Bitang. She said about Bitang, "She's the only person who can bring me back to the form I was in. She's the only coach who can guide me to a world title and another Olympic title." Bitang added, "We saw her very determined, and we were very surprised to see her appetite for competition."[15]

In July, Ponor competed at the Romanian National Championships in Ploiesti, Romania. She placed first on vault with a score of 15.062 and first on balance beam with a score of 16.500.[16]

In September, Ponor competed at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. She helped the Romanian team place third and individually she placed fourth in the balance beam final with a score of 15.700.[17]

In December, Ponor retired due to ongoing injuries.[18]

2011[edit]

In March, Ponor began training again with the Romanian national team under the newly returned coaches Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang.[18]

At the beginning of August, Ponor had a minor medical procedure to correct a congenital heart defect that was causing an arrhythmia and was able to resume training the same week. She said, "I had a congenital problem I was born with, but I went to the doctor and all is well."[19]

At the end of August, Ponor competed at the Romanian National Championships in Onesti, Romania. She placed second on balance beam scoring 15.775 and third on floor scoring 14.625.[20]

In October, Ponor competed at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan. She contributed scores of 14.933 on vault, 15.166 on balance beam, and 14.633 on floor towards the Romanian team's fourth-place finish and individually she placed seventh in the balance beam final with a score of 14.241.[21]

2012[edit]

In March, Ponor competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Doha, Qatar. She placed first on balance beam with a score of 15.300 and first on floor with a score of 15.275.[22] Ponor said, "I want to do the same thing that I did in 2004. It was hard to make a comeback, but all the time I was thinking that I could do it. I will not relax till I reach my goal."[23]

In April, Ponor competed at an international meet against France in Cholet, France. She contributed scores of 14.900 on vault and 15.550 on balance beam towards the Romanian team's first-place finish.[24]

Later in April, Ponor competed at an international meet against Germany and the United Kingdom in Ulm, Germany. She contributed scores of 14.750 on vault, 15.100 on balance beam, and 14.900 on floor towards the Romanian team's first-place finish.[25]

In May, Ponor competed at the 2012 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Brussels, Belgium. She contributed scores of 15.033 on vault, 15.433 on balance beam, and 14.733 on floor towards the Romanian team's first-place finish. In event finals, she placed first on balance beam scoring 15.300 and second on floor scoring 14.633.[26] Belu said, "You saw the reaction of the fans. A triple Olympic champion gets respect, especially if she performs like this."[27] She is the gymnast who has won the balance beam title the most times at the European Championships: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012.[citation needed]

In June, Ponor competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Ghent, Belgium. She won the balance beam event final with a score of 15.025.[28]

At the beginning of July, Ponor competed at an international meet against France, Germany, and Italy in Bucharest, Romania. She contributed scores of 15.000 on vault, 15.700 on balance beam, and 15.000 on floor towards the Romanian team's first-place finish.[29]

London Olympics[edit]

Ponor with the 2012 Romanian Olympic team

At the end of July, Ponor competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. She helped the Romanian team qualify to the team final[30] and individually she qualified to the balance beam final with a score of 15.033 and the floor final with a score of 14.600.[31] In the team final, she contributed scores of 15.100 on vault, 15.416 on balance beam, and 14.800 on floor towards the Romanian team's third-place finish.[32] She earned the high score on balance beam during the team competition. In event finals, Ponor placed fourth on beam with a score of 15.066[33] and second on floor with a score of 15.200.[34] On balance beam, she had the same score as American Aly Raisman but after tie-breaking procedures Raisman was awarded the bronze medal. Ponor said, "I will say it again, and I want everyone to know, I will quit without regrets. I have worked every second for my team, I have worked every second for myself, I have worked every second for everybody. I have already been an Olympic champion. I will quit gymnastics with my chin up."[35]

2015[edit]

In February 2015, Ponor registered for the anti-doping control within the FIG, which suggested that she might be returning to competition.[36]

She officially announced her comeback in early March.[37] She told WOGymnastika that by coming back for a third time, she will be risking her biggest failure.[38] She could not compete in the 2015 European Games in Baku as she was not eligible yet.

In September Ponor made her return in competition by competing in a friendly meet between Romania and France where she helped the Romanian team place first.

2016[edit]

In June 2016, Ponor won two bronze medals at the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships. On the 6th of July she was selected to represent Romania at the 2016 summer Olympics, despite Larisa Iordaches achievement of her 4th consecutive national all around title following injury. This announcement was made shortly after she was named as their flag bearer for the opening ceremonies, the first time this honor was given to a gymnast.

Competitive history[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2003 World Championships 2nd 2nd 2nd
2004 European Championships 1st 1st 1st
Olympic Games 1st 1st 1st
2005 European Championships 1st 4th
World Championships 3rd
2006 European Championships 2nd 1st 3rd
2007 World Championships 3rd 4th
National Championships 1st 1st
2011 World Championships 4th 7th
National Championships 2nd 3rd
2012 Doha World Cup 1st 1st
FRA-ROU Friendly 1st
GER-GBR-ROU Friendly 1st
European Championships 1st 1st 2nd
Ghent World Cup 1st
ROU-FRA-GER-ITA Friendly 1st
Olympic Games 3rd 4th 2nd
2015 FRA-ROU Friendly 1st
2016 Doha World Cup 1st
Belgium-Romania-Germany Friendly 2nd
European Championships 6th 3rd 3rd
National Championships 1st 1st 1st
Chemnitz Friendly 3rd

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Ponor returns to Games eight years later - Gymnastics News. NBC Olympics (2012-05-13). Retrieved on 2012-07-20. Archived July 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
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  10. ^ Athletes :: Show Archived April 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ 1st Individual European Championships in Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics - Debrecen 2005
  12. ^ 38th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Melbourne (AUS)
  13. ^ Events :: Show Archived October 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Events :: Show Archived August 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
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  16. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Online - Nistor, Popescu Win Romanian Nationals. Intlgymnast.com (2007-07-31). Retrieved on 2012-07-20.
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  19. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Online - Ponor: 'All Well' After Minor Heart Procedure. Intlgymnast.com (2011-08-05). Retrieved on 2012-07-20.
  20. ^ International Gymnast Magazine Online - Porgras Takes Third Straight Romanian Title. Intlgymnast.com (2011-08-26). Retrieved on 2012-07-20.
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  38. ^ http://www.wogymnast.com/2015/03/catalina-ponor-i-will-risk-biggest.html

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