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Simona Amânar

Full name: Simona Amânar (-Tabără)
Nickname(s): Simi
Gender: Female
Height: 5'2" (158 cm)
Weight: 97 lbs (44 kg)
Born: October 7, 1979 in Constanţa, Constanţa, Romania
Affiliations: Liceul Sportiv Deva, Deva (ROU)
Country: ROU Romania
Sport: Gymnastics

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze (7 Total)

Biography

Simona Amânar, who started gymnastics at the age of six, first competed at the senior level in 1994, when she was on gold medal winning teams at both the European and World Championships respectively. At the 1995 World Championships she was again on the gold medal winning team, but she also won her favorite apparatus for the first time, the vault. After winning three golds at the 1996 European Championships (vault, uneven bars, and team), she also won the vault at the 1996 Olympics and additionally won silver in floor, and bronze in all-around and with the team. The following years saw her winning gold medals in vault and with the team at the 1997 Worlds, with the team at the 1998 European Championships and at the 1999 Worlds.

The Olympic year 2000 started well again, when Amanar won gold in vault at the 2000 European Championships in Paris, which brought her medal collection at the European Championships up to six gold, three silver, and three bronze, in addition to her World Championships medals of 6-4-0. In Sydney she won gold with the team and, after the disqualification of Andreea Răducan, also won gold in all-around. Amânar added a bronze on the floor, earning her seven Olympic medals in total, but only finished sixth in vault, where she did not perform well her signature jump, a two-and-a-half twisting laid-out Yurchenko, which is now termed the "Amanar".

Amânar retired in 2000 after the World Cup final in Glasgow. In 2002 she married the lawyer Cosmin Tabără and gave birth to a son in the same year. She worked at the Universitatea de Vest din Timişoara and became vice president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation. In 2007 she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Romania ROU 3T Bronze
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Romania ROU 3 Bronze
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Romania ROU 2 Silver
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Romania ROU 1 Gold
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Romania ROU 5T
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Romania ROU 45 QR
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Romania ROU 1 Gold
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Romania ROU 1 Gold
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Romania ROU 3 Bronze
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Romania ROU 6
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Romania ROU 35T QR
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Romania ROU 15T QR

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP J1P J2P
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 3T 39.067
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final 3T 39.067
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final Floor Exercise 7 9.737
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final Horse Vault 1 9.843
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final Uneven Bars 5T 9.762
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final Balance Beam 10T 9.725
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Qualifying 12 QU 77.436 38.049 39.387
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Floor Exercise 3 QU 19.599 9.712 9.887
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Horse Vault 1 QU 19.675 9.800 9.875
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Uneven Bars 1 QU 19.675 9.850 9.825
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Balance Beam 45 18.487 8.687 9.800
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 1 38.642
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final 1 38.642
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final Floor Exercise 1T 9.812
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final Horse Vault 3T 9.656
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final Uneven Bars 22 9.512
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final Balance Beam 7 9.662
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Qualifying 3 QU 38.700
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Floor Exercise 1 QU 9.800
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Horse Vault 4 QU 9.725 9.700 9.750
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Uneven Bars 35T 9.550
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Balance Beam 15T 9.625

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank PTS
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania ROU Final Standings 3
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania ROU Final Standings 1
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania ROU Final 1
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania ROU Final Total 4T 38.567
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania ROU Final Floor Exercise 2T 9.775
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania ROU Final Horse Vault 7 9.593
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania ROU Final Uneven Bars 27T non-scoring 9.437
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania ROU Final Balance Beam 5T 9.762
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania ROU Qualifying 2 QU

Women's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS FP
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 2 9.850
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final 2 9.850
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 3 9.712
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final 3 9.712

Women's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS FP FJ1P FJ2P
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 1 9.825
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final 1 9.825 9.875 9.775
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 6 9.537
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final 6 9.537 9.625 9.450

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS FP
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 5T 9.787
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final 5T 9.787
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 35T QR

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1996 Summer 16 Atlanta Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 45 QR
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 15T QR