The serving President of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation (FRG), Andreea Raducan, will be included this year in the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, as she has confirmed on her Facebook page.
“What greater joy is than when your work and performance are rewarded? I am very happy to be along the best gymnasts in the world of all times. For me, being included in the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame means excellence and history. It is a good time to thank once again all those who have been beside me. I am grateful and I thank you once again!” Raducan wrote.
The event will take place on May 19, at Oklahoma City, when will also be included in the hall of fame the Americans Paul Hamm and Nastia Lukin. Russian Alexey Nemov, accepted last year in the Hall of Fame, but who could not attend the ceremony in 2017, will attend the ceremony this year. Following the latest three gymnast accepted, the Hall of Fame will thus include 98 people from 22 countries, digisport.ro informs.
Andreea Raducan won the gold medal with the Romanian team at the World Championships in Tianjin (1999) and Gent (2001) and the gold medal in floor exercise (1999 and 2001) and balance beam (2001), silver in the balance beam (1999) and bronze in women’s all-around and vault (2001).
She was stripped on the Olympic title in Sydney 2000 in all-around competition, as found positive for pseudoephedrine, due to the pills administered by her doctor for flu. She thus kept only the gold medal with the Romanian team and the silver medal in vault.
Now 33, Andreea Raducan was elected last year as President of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation.
Raducan will be the eleventh Romanian representative in the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, after Nadia Comaneci (1993), Bela Karoly (1997), Ecaterina Szabo (2000), Teodora Ungureanu (2001), Daniela Silivas (2002), Simona Amanar (2007), Octavian Bellu (2009), Lavinia Milosovici (2011), Gina Gogean (2013) and Aurelia Dobre (2016).