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Nick name:
Date of birth: Sept 19, 1969
Gender Female
Height   Weight
Marital status
Place of birth: Azuga
Profession Coach
Start discipline:
First int. event
Nat. team since
Head coach:
Assistant coach
Best apparatus/cat.
Favourite tricks: beam            Personal tricks
highest score
Music #1                      Author #1

General Interest
Simona started gymnastics in 1974 at Sport School Club No 2 in Bucharest with coaches Iulia Dragomirescu and lately at Dinamo Club Bucharest with Emilia Lita and Florea Stefanescu.

She had an exquisite talent for balance beam, which she showed in Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

Cat. Rank-F Score-F Rank-Q Score-Q Year Place Description

All Around 







Olympic Games

Balance Beam 







Olympic Games

1981 Junior Tournament: 6th All-Around
1983 Balkan Championships: 1st All-Around, 1st Bars, 1st Floor
1983 Hungarian International: 3rd Vault, 3rd Beam
1983 Junior Friendship Tournment: 4th All-Around
1984 Arthur Gander: 1st All-Around
1984 Cottbus International: 1st Beam, 1st Vault, 1st Floor, 3rd All-Around
1984 DTB: 3rd All-Around 1984 Olympics: 1st Team, 1st Beam, 3rd All-Around

Despite having her parents' full support, and being dubbed the next Nadia - "The future is hers to take" proclaimed an article in Pro Patria after the Olympics - Simona disappeared from the world of competitive gymnastics.

Just one year after the Olympics, Simona was forced to return to her home club of Dinamo Bucharest. "My father got into a fight with the coaches at Deva. I have no idea what he was thinking, but I do know they didn't pay as much attention to me as before, so I was forced to leave. I kept training until the summer of 1986 and then I had to give up gymnastics for good. It was a sad moment, but I was already 17, and time seems to go by even faster for gymnasts," adds Simona.

She finished high school in Bucharest and later on got her coaching degree. Simona worked at CSS 7 Bucharest between 1990-1992, and Satu Mare from 1997-1889.

In 1993, Simona married Gheorghe Rus, chairman of the board for Castrum Corporation, one of Romania's most successful business firms. Even though there is a 20 year age difference between the two, Simona says that "I couldn't have found a better man, who could understand me and make me feel like I have a real family. " A year later her daughter Ana was born, and she has already started gymnastics. "She really likes it, but I thinks she's still afraid to do certain skills. I hope to bring in other girls alongside hers and start the actual training," said Simona, who has been visiting local schools and kindergartens looking for prospective future gymnasts. "They have to be small, tiny and flexible. The rest is my job, and I can hardly wait to prove I can be a good coach," she explains.

At the end of 2000, Simona and her family moved from Satu Mare to Cluj, where they re-established the gymnastics program of CSM Cluj with help from the local Youth And Sports Program. Simona smiles as she thinks about her future plans. "My dream would be to build a national training center here in a few years, one that would rival the ones at Deva and Onesti, and to have one of the gymnasts I coach make the senior national team," she adds emotionally.

At 31 years old, Simona says that if she had a choice she'd do everything all over again. "The joy you feel when you win an Olympic gold medal, or the sadness that comes when you're not chosen to represent your country in a major event cannot be replaced by anything else. Gymnastics is my life," she concludes.
Petite and almost unchanged since she won her Olympics gold, Simona looks like one of her students. Her 6 year old daughter does whatever it take to get back up on the beam. She's just working on walking on beam, but she smiles towards her coach. "I'm gonna win too, right mommy?" (by Ioana Jadic)

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