Worlds 2013: Who is Stefania Stanila?


Following the withdrawal of Roman’s Diana Bulimar from the 2013 World Championships, it was unknown if she would be replaced. It wasn’t until the updated Participants Roster emerged last week that the name “Stefania Stanila” appeared. The young girls name is unknown to many, so here’s what you need to know.

The 15 year old Deva gymnast is not a particularly well known name having competed in smaller competitions internationally. She is mostly known for her floor and vault work but over the last year she has improved as an All around gymnast.

One of her earliest International assignments was to the Nadia Comaneci International Invitational in Oklahoma, USA in 2011. Here Stanila competed alongside now well known names such as Victoria Moors, Irina Paun and Abby Millet in the Junior competition. She took 5th in the AA in Oklahoma.

In 2012 she competed at the City of Jesolo Trophy competition as a Junior. The Romanian team came in last in 4th place behind USA, Italy and Russia. She placed 11th in the AA with 52.800, the competition was won by USA’s Lexie Priessman with 56.950.

It was at the 2012 Junior European Championships in Brussels that Stanila emerged. The Romanian team of Stanila, Munteanu, Zarzu, Tudorache and Aribasoiu placed third behind Russia and Italy. Stanila competed All Around ranking 14th in qualification with 51.965. She advanced through to the final where she placed 12th with 51.931, then eventual winner was Italy’s Enus Mariani with 56.625. Stanila qualified through to Vault final in 4th place and took the silver medal in the event finals with 13.866 behind the Netherlands Chantysha Netteb. Here is one of her vaults from Brussels:

Stanila took gold with the Deva team at the 2012 Romanian Nationals, outscoring second place Bacau by over 10 points. She placed 4th in the All Around which was won by team mate Andreea Iridon. Her talent shone through when she took gold on Vault and Bars and bronze on Beam.

Most recently she competed at the 2013 Romanian National Championships. Stanila was now competing with the top Romanian gymnasts. The AA competition was won by Larissa Iordache with 58.550 with Stanila placing 5th with 55.350. She placed 4th on Vault, 8th on Bars and Beam and 5th on Floor. Here she is on Floor:

Stanila will make her senior international debut this year at the 2013 World Championships. She will be competing on Floor and Beam and will be competing for international experience.

Image via the Romanian Gymnastics Federation.

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