FIG confirm Ponor & Dragulescu return to gymnastics


Today, the FIG have confirmed that Romanian stars Catalina Ponor and Marian Dragulescu will return to competition. Most of us had been aware of Ponor’s return and Dragulescu’s return had been rumoured some months ago.


LAUSANNE (SUI) – FIG Office, May 3, 2011: The FIG officially approved on April 28, 2011 the return to competition of the Romanian top artistic gymnasts Catalina Ponor (24) and Marian Dragulescu (31). The notifications sent on March 31, 2011 by their National Federation have been duly valued and both names are again registered in the FIG Registered Testing Pool. The gymnasts are invited now to submit their “whereabouts” as per the FIG Anti-Doping Rules.

According to the same rules, the gymnasts will be authorized to compete after a period of six month, or from October 1st, 2011.

Catalina was THE star of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. She was the only gymnast there to win three Olympic titles – on Floor, Beam and Team. Hardly known until the end of 2003, she stormed onto the international stage to win the 2004 European titles on Floor and Beam in Amsterdam and then repeated her success in Athens. Steady, stylish and a very feminine gymnast – Catalina has all that the audience could wish for in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

Maria Dragulescu has put together an amazing collection of medals on Floor and Vault from all of the most important competitions: Former twice World Champion on Floor (2001 and 2002) and on Vault (2001); 2002 World Cup holder on Vault. 2003 World Silver medallist on Vault , 2004 European Champion on Floor and Vault, 2004 Olympic Games in Athens – Silver on Floor, Bronze on Vault and Team. He was the first to perform the extremely spectacular and difficult Vault named after him: Handspring Double Front Somersault with Half Turn! He retired from competition the first time in 2002 and mad his first come back in 2005.

What do you make of the gymnasts return to competition?


  1. clindsey12 says:

    After watching some training videos of her in the past few weeks, Ponor looks like she never retired! She is going to be a serious contender on beam at Worlds and Olympic Games! GO PONOR!!

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