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                                  Angela GHIMPU

Nick name:
Date of birth: Jan 24, 1977
Gender: Female
Height:                        Weight:
Marital status:
Children: None
Place of birth:
Hometown: Marasesti
Start discipline: 1983
First int. event:
Nat. team since:
Club: CSS Focsani
Head coach: Sergiu Popa
Assistant coach: Tatiana Popa
Best apparatus/cat.

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1994 ROM vs USA, Worchester, MA, USA: 1st Team, 6th AA
1994 Goodwill Games, St. Petersburg, Russia: 2nd Team, 13th AA
1994 Swiss Cup, Zurich, Switzerland: 1st BB, 2nd VT
1994 DTB Cup, Stuttgart, Germany: 4th VT, 6th BB, 7th UB

Angela had the meet of her life in the USA, exceeding Belu's expectations - not an easy thing to do! Her floor exercise, performed to Axel f (theme from Beverly Hills Cop), hinted of the originality that had been missing in much gymnastics for some time.

Her performances paid off, and she was assigned to several important competitions later that year including grand prix events and the Goodwill Games. Angela's only individual medals were won at the 1994 Swiss Cup (1st BB, 2nd V) and 1994 Rome Grand Prix (2nd AA).

In late 1994/early 1995 a serious bout of pneumonia took her out of competition for some time, after which she was never able to regain competitive form. She retired, a great shame because her routines were anything but stock.

Unlike many of her former teammates, Angela remained in Romania for many years. She's spotted at many local competitions, including the 2000 Romanian International, at which she sported jet black hair - quite a different look from her competitive days!

Angela is now married to a fellow Romanian. The couple live in Italy.

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