Celestina Popa

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Celestina Popa
Celestina Popa.jpg
Personal information
Full nameCelestina Stefania Popa
Country represented Romania
Born (1970-07-12) 12 July 1970 (age 48)
Ploiești, Romania[1]
ResidenceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height145 cm (4 ft 9 in)
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
Head coach(es)Adrian Goreac, Maria Cosma, Octavian Bellu[2]
Former coach(es)Leana Sima[2]
Eponymous skillsPopa (floor)

Celestina Stefania Popa-Toma (born 12 July 1970) is a retired Romanian artistic gymnast, who competed internationally between 1985 and 1988.[3] She is an Olympic silver medalist and a world gold and silver medalist with the team. She is best known for her eponymous straddle pike jump with full turn on floor[4][5] as well as for her flexibility and style.[6]


In 1984 Popa placed second at the Romanian Junior Nationals and she became a member of the national team. In 1985 she was a member of the silver medal winning team at the 1985 World Championships. Also in 1985, she was the all around champion, vault and beam gold medalist at the International Chunichi Cup in Japan.[4]

Together with Aurelia Dobre, Camelia Voinea, Eugenia Golea, Daniela Silivaș and Ecaterina Szabo, Popa was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 1987 World Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In 1988 she won the silver medal with the team at the Olympics and placed tenth all around in the preliminaries.[6]

Eponymous skills[edit]

Apparatus Name Description Difficulty
Floor exercise Popa Straddle jump with a full turn C

Post retirement[edit]

After retiring from competitions in 1989 she studied at a sport school in Bucharest until 1991, and in 1994 graduated from university with a degree in physical education. She hold the National Romanian Coaching Certification Level III. Popa has been coaching since 1991, and since 1994 she has been a recreational coach at Flicka Gymnastics in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[4] She is married to fellow former Romanian gymnast Flaviu Toma, who was a longtime head coach and technical director at Flicka. In 2009, she opened her own gym "Celestina Popa Gymnastics" in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada.[6]


  1. ^ Celestina Popa. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b Celestina Stefania Popa. Romanian Olympic Committee
  3. ^ Gymn-Forum Celestina Popa
  4. ^ a b c "Coaches: Celestina Popa". Flicka Gymnastics. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "Women's artistic Gymnastics. Code of points 2009-2012, page 167". FIG.
  6. ^ a b c Crumlish, John (June 24, 2009). "Celestina Popa Jumps into Gym Ownership". International Gymnast Magazine.

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