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Catalina PONOR

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During a period when Romanian gymnastics needed new talent, Catalina Ponor was spotted during a nationwide talent search and chosen to train with the national team.

Three silver, followed by gold

She competed in her first major meet in 2003 when she took part in the world championships and earned a silver medal in the team event on her sixteenth birthday. She went on to win two more silver medals, on the beam and in the floor exercise. In May 2004 she moved up to the gold medal in all three events at the European Championships.

Largest margin in history

Three months later, at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad Athens 2004, she led the Romanian team to victory in the team event. She also qualified for two apparatus finals six nights later. On the balance beam, she outscored Carly Patterson of the United States 9.787 to 9.775 to win her second gold medal. After a break of only 45 minutes, Ponor won the floor exercise final. Her margin of victory, .188 points, was the largest in the event's history.

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Ultimate Gold: Fusing together a gymnastic masterclass

Grace, style and extraordinary athleticism combine as some of Romania's greatest floor gymasts lead the way in a special routine.
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Olympic Gymnastics Gala

ATHENS - AUGUST 24: Catalina Ponor of Romania, gold medalist on the balance beam, performs in the Olympic Gymnastics Gala August 24, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Catalina Ponor
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Olympische Spiele Athen 2004

ATHENS, GREECE - AUGUST 23: Kunstturnen: Olympische Spiele Athen 2004, Athen; Boden / Einzel / Frauen; Catalina PONOR / ROM / Gold 23.08.04. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Womens Floor Exercise Final

ATHENS - AUGUST 23: Catalina Ponor of Romania competes in the women's artistic gymnastics floor exercise finals on August 23, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Catalina Ponor
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Womens Floor Exercise Medal Ceremony

ATHENS - AUGUST 23: (L-R) Nicoleta Daniela Sofronie of Romania (silver), Catalina Ponor of Romania (gold) and Patricia Moreno of Spain (bronze) receive their medals for the women's artistic gymnastics floor exercise event on August 23, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nicoleta Daniela Sofronie;Catalina Ponor;Patricia Moreno
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Athens 2004-Gymnastics-PONOR C. and SOFRONIE N. D. (ROM)1e are uplifting the Romanian flag.
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • B 176.414
    Gymnastics
    team competition women
    S 15.200
    Gymnastics
    floor exercises women
  • G 9.750
    Gymnastics
    floor exercises women
    G 114.283
    Gymnastics
    team competition women
    G 9.787
    Gymnastics
    balance beam women

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