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POPA Roxana
Spain
ESP
Title
Ms
Lastname
POPA
Firstname
Roxana
Gender
female
Country
Spain
Place of birth
Constanta
Year of birth
1997 (24 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
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Nickname
Roxi (20minutos.es, 22 Oct 2013)
Hobbies
Dancing. (marca.com, 10 Sep 2019)
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Education
Veterinary Science
Spoken languages
English, Romanian, Spanish
Club
Los Cantos Alcorcon [Spain]
Coach
Raquel Garcia [club]; Lucia Guisado [national], ESP
Injuries
In October 2017 she underwent surgery to rebuild the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her right knee. (marca.com, 10 Sep 2019; gymnovosti.com, 24 Jan 2019; gimnasialatina.com, 10 Feb 2019; Instagram profile, 22 Jan 2019)

In March 2016 she underwent arthroscopic surgery on the meniscus in her right knee, and had a further operation two months later. (marca.com, 10 Sep 2019; ueg.org, 19 Dec 2016; Facebook profile, 31 Mar 2016; gymnovosti.com, 24 Jan 2019; gimnasialatina.com, 10 Feb 2019; Instagram profile, 22 Jan 2019)

She had surgery to correct a torn ACL in her right knee in December 2014, and missed most of the following season before undergoing further surgery on the ACL in late 2015. (marca.com, 03 Jan 2015; Instagram profile, 22 Jan 2019; marca.com, 22 Sep 2017)

In June 2010 she broke her left elbow after falling during the Spanish championships. She underwent surgery twice and was out of competition for two years. (20minutos.es, 22 Oct 2013)
National Team
2013 (marca.com, 14 May 2014)
Start sporting career
She took up gymnastics at age four in Romania. (20minutos.es, 22 Oct 2013)
Reason for taking up the sport
"Gymnastics is like my first love. The Olympic Games would be the wedding." (antena3.com, 24 Jan 2020)
Trainings
She trains at the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Madrid, Spain. (marca.com, 23 Apr 2020)
Most memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (hoy.es, 27 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Raquel Garcia. (marca.com, 10 Sep 2019)
Philosophy / Motto
"Desire transforms into dedication. Dedication transforms into power." (Instagram profile, 08 Sep 2019)
Additional information
General
RETURN FROM INJURY
From the start of 2015 she missed around four years of competition in total, including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, due to a series of injuries to and multiple operations on her right knee. She eventually returned in 2019 and went on to compete at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany. "I would not have been able to totally retire from gymnastics. I did well psychologically to heal myself. For me, every day is a challenge facing fears, anguish, and the anxiety of my imperfect knee. But I still keep going. I know that there are elements that I cannot do as a precaution in order to keep the knee in place, but if I have to take that risk, I will do it without hesitation. I learnt a lot from the injuries. As an experience I can now say what is going on with my body. Now I understand what it's trying to tell me." (marca.com, 10 Sep 2019; ueg.org, 19 Dec 2016; Facebook profile, 31 Mar 2016; gymnovosti.com, 24 Jan 2019; gimnasialatina.com, 10 Feb 2019; Instagram profile, 22 Jan 2019; elperiodico.com, 11 Oct 2019; antena3.com, 24 Jan 2020)

DANCING
Alongside her gymnastics career she has been involved in dancing since she was age seven. She became interested in breakdancing through her older brother, and later got into hip hop and urban dancing. She has competed in national level competitions, and taught dance at a school in Madrid, Spain, while recovering from her knee injuries. She plans to stay involved in dancing once her gymnastics career is over. (marca.com, 10 Sep 2019; salsabachata.es, 28 Jan 2019; antena3.com, 24 Jan 2020; flogymnastics.com, 13 Nov 2019)

COACHING
She has coached gymnastics for young girls at her club, Los Cantos Alcorcon in Spain, after taking a course in coaching in 2018. (lavanguardia.com, 10 Sep 2019; marca.com, 10 Sep 2019; Instagram profile, 22 Jan 2019)

FROM ROMANIA TO SPAIN
Born in Romania, at age six she and her mother moved to Spain. She received Spanish citizenship in 2008. (madridiario.es, 16 Jun 2008)

Last update : 2021-09-27

Olympic Games

2021 - Games of the XXXII Olympiad TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
22
Score Final
51.533 
Rank Qualif.
21
Score Qualif.
54.099 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
14.400
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
40
Score Qualif.
12.866
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
55
Score Qualif.
12.533
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
157.128
World Championships

2019 - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
42
Score Qualif.
51.457 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
28
Score Qualif.
13.991
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
175
Score Qualif.
9.900
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
6
Score Final
13.800
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
13.800
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
159.021

2015 - 46th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
255
Score Qualif.
12.766 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
88
Score Qualif.
12.766
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
210.094

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
13
Score Final
55.299 
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
56.398 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
22
Score Qualif.
14.033
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
46
Score Qualif.
13.366
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
14.166
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
211.727

2013 - 44th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ANTWERP (BEL)

All-Around
Rank Final
12
Score Final
55.366 
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
55.332 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
13.900
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
31
Score Qualif.
12.966
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
13.600
World / Challenge Cup

2019 - FIG World Challenge Cup SZOMBATHELY (HUN)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
3
Score Final
12.966
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
13.550
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
11.250

2014 - Tokyo Cup 2014 C II TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
56.565 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2014 - AT&T American Cup World Cup 2014 CII GREENSBORO (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
6
Score Final
54.865 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Vault
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.866
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
8
Score Final
12.233
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Balance Beam
Rank Final
6
Score Final
13.600
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.166
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Continental Championships

2014 - European Championships 2014 SOFIA (BUL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
55.940 
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
14.766
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
8
Score Final
14.266
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
14.433
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
34
Score Qualif.
12.741
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
7
Score Final
14.191
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
14.000
Team
Rank Final
6
Score Final
160.921
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
162.271

2013 - 5th European individual Championships 2013 MOSCOW (RUS)

All-Around
Rank Final
6
Score Final
55.699 
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
55.065 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
13.633
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
13.166
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
7
Score Final
13.900
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
13.700