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Daniela Silivaş

Full name: Viorica Daniela Silivaş (-Harper)
Gender: Female
Height: 4-9 (145 cm)
Weight: 84 lbs (38 kg)
Born: May 9, 1972 in Deva, Hunedoara, Romania
Country: ROU Romania
Sport: Gymnastics

Medals: 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Daniela Silivaş was born in Transylvania in 1972, however her year of birth was faked by the Romanian authorities to make her eligible her for the 1985 World Championships and was always given as 1970 during her career. Only in 2002 did she confirm her correct year of birth. Silivaş started to compete in National Junior Championships in 1981 and participated in the 1984 European Junior Championships, where she won gold in balance beam and silver in uneven bars and floor – the three apparatuses on which she would become world class.

Her first competition on the senior level followed in 1985 – though under-aged – when she competed in Montréal at the World Championships. Silivaş obtained a perfect 10 and won the title on the balance beam as well as a silver medal with the team. In 1987 she won three gold medals (uneven bars, floor, and team) at the World Championships and four gold medals (all-around, uneven bars, floor, and balance beam - no team event was held) at the European Championships, before becoming the gymnastic superstar of the 1988 Olympics. Silivaş medaled in every event including three golds on uneven bars, floor, and balance beam, making her the most successful female gymnast in Seoul. In 1989 she suffered a serious knee injury, but was again able to win three golds (uneven bars, floor, and balance beam) at the World Championships and gold in floor at the European Championships. In total she won 7-2-1 medals at the World Championships and 5-3-2 at the European Championships.

The Romanian Revolution of 1989 (which resulted in a loss of training opportunities), a surgery on her knee in 1990, and emigration to the United States in 1991 ended her career. Silivaş, who was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2002, married Scott Harper in 2003. The couple lives in Georgia and has three children (two boys and a girl). Silivaş stills works as a gymnastics coach, mainly with young gymnasts.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Romania ROU 2 Silver
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Romania ROU 2 Silver
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Romania ROU 1 Gold
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Romania ROU 3 Bronze
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Romania ROU 1 Gold
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Romania ROU 1 Gold

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP CEP OEP
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 2 79.637
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final 2 79.637 39.787 39.850
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final Floor Exercise 1T 10.000
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final Horse Vault 2T 9.950
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final Uneven Bars 1 10.000
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final Balance Beam 3T 9.900
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Qualifying 2 QU 79.575 39.775 39.800
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Floor Exercise 1T QU 19.900 10.000 9.900
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Horse Vault 4T QU 19.800 9.900 9.900
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Uneven Bars 1 QU 20.000 10.000 10.000
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Qualifying Balance Beam 1T QU 19.875 9.875 10.000

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania ROU Final Standings 2

Women's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 1 19.937
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final 1 19.937 9.950 9.987

Women's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 3 19.818
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final 3 19.818 9.900 9.918

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 1 20.000
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final 1 20.000 10.000 10.000

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final Standings 1 19.924
1988 Summer 16 Seoul Gymnastics Romania Final 1 19.924 9.987 9.937
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