PONOR Catalina
Romania
ROU
Title
Ms
Lastname
PONOR
Firstname
Catalina
Gender
female
Country
Romania
Place of birth
Constanta
Year of birth
1987 (32 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
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Nickname
Black Lace, Cat (libertatea.ro, 20 Aug 2017)
Occupation
Athlete, Fitness Instructor
Education
Physical Education - University of Craiova, Romania
Spoken languages
English, Romanian, Spanish
Club
Farul Constanta [Romania]
Coach
Matei Stanei [club]; Nicolae Forminte [national] (ziuaconstanta.ro, 25 Apr 2017; adevarul.ro, 08 Jul 2017)
International senior debut
2002 for Romania (fig-gymnastics.com, 03 Nov 2011)
Injuries
She suffered an incomplete tear in the calf muscle connected to the Achilles tendon in September 2015, which forced her to miss the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (internationalgymnast.com, 13 Oct 2015)

She underwent minor heart surgery in 2011 to fix a birth defect. (vavel.com, 25 Sep 2015)
Start sporting career
She took up gymnastics at age four. (ziuaconstanta.ro, 25 Apr 2017)
Reason for taking up the sport
She was passing a gym with her grandmother and asked if she could go inside to look around. (tripletwistgymnastics.com, 01 Apr 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (libertatea.ro, 20 Aug 2017)
Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and claiming gold in beam in front of a home crowd at the 2017 European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. (libertatea.ro, 20 Aug 2017)
Philosophy / Motto
"A champion will always stay a champion, no matter what." (Instagram profile, 11 Apr 2016)
Additional information
Awards
She was Romania's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (ueg.org, 20 Dec 2016)

General
RETIREMENTS AND COMEBACKS
She retired due to knee problems after winning the gold medal on beam at the 2006 European Championships, but in the following year she returned to competition and helped Romania claim bronze in the team competition at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. In December of that year she retired again because of medical concerns. She returned to training in 2011 and made her comeback at the national championships, where she finished with two gold medals and one silver medal. She retired for a third time after the 2012 Olympic Games in London, before announcing her return to elite gymnastics in March 2015. However, due to injury and eligibility issues, she did not compete in an international competition until March 2016. (agerpres.ro, 26 Mar 2016; wogymnast.com, 11 Mar 2015; olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 11 Mar 2015; universalsports.com, 06 Apr 2011)

OCCUPATION
She runs Catalina Ponor Body-Fit, a fitness company based in Constanta, Romania. (Facebook profile, 29 Apr 2017)

Last update : 2017-09-20

Olympic Games

2016 - Games of the XXXI Olympiad RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
77
Score Qualif.
29.100 
Balance Beam
Rank Final
7
Score Final
14.000
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.900
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
14.200

2012 - Games of the XXX Olympiad LONDON (GBR)

Balance Beam
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.066
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
15.033
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.200
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
14.600
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
176.414
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
176.264

2004 - Games of the XXVIII Olympiad ATHENS (GRE)

Balance Beam
Rank Final
1
Score Final
9.787
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
1
Score Final
9.750
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Team
Rank Final
1
Score Final
114.283
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Test Events Olympic Games

2016 - Aquece Rio Final Gymnastics Qualifier (Test Event) RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
71
Score Qualif.
41.233 
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.600
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.300
Team
Rank Final
7
Score Final
216.569
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World Championships

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
104
Score Qualif.
25.499 
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
26
Score Qualif.
12.233
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
13.266

2011 - 43rd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
142
Score Qualif.
43.966 
Balance Beam
Rank Final
7
Score Final
14.241
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.000
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
14.200
Team
Rank Final
4
Score Final
172.412
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
227.228

2007 - 40th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

Balance Beam
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.700
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
178.100
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World / Challenge Cup

2017 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2017 SZOMBATHELY (HUN)

Balance Beam
Rank Final
1
Score Final
13.933
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.066
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
13.566
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
13.400

2017 - FIG World Cup 2017 DOHA (QAT)

Balance Beam
Rank Final
2
Score Final
13.900
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
13.766
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
11.966

2017 - FIG World Cup 2017 AGF Trophy BAKU (AZE)

Balance Beam
Rank Final
1
Score Final
13.833
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.233
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
1
Score Final
13.433
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
13.233

2016 - 9th World Challenge Cup 2016 DOHA (QAT)

Balance Beam
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.650
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.650
Continental Championships

2017 - 7th European Individual Championships 2017 CLUJ NAPOCA (ROU)

Balance Beam
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.566
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
14.066

2016 - 31st European Championships 2016 BERN (SUI)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
34
Score Qualif.
44.140 
Balance Beam
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.266
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.433
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.466
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.566
Team
Rank Final
6
Score Final
164.596
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
164.870

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