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                             Izabela LACATUS

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Retired in 1991 at the age of 15. It was lasted reported that Izabela was competing in sports aerobics in Romania.

1989 American Cup, Fairfax, VA, USA: 11th AA
1989 Int'l Mixed Paris, Jacksonville, FL, USAL: 10th AA
1990 Stars of the World, Moscow, Russia: 3rd UB, 8th FX
1990 Chunichi Cup, Nagayo, Japan: 4th AA
1991 ROM vs USA, Houston, TX, USA: 1st Team, 6th AA
1991 Jr Europeans, Athens, Greece: 4th AA, 4th UB, 7th VT
1991 Seiko Grand Prix, Brisbane, Australia: 2nd AA, 2nd VT, 4th FX, 6th UB 1991 Cottbus Int'l, Cottbus, Germany: 2nd AA

Her consistency and hard work earned her a trip to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, as the second alternate for the Romanian team (first alternate was Eugenia Popa).

After the Olympics, Izabela competed at several invitationals, until an ankle injury sidelined for the rest of the year. Sadly, she never made a full recovery, and she retired in 1994. That same year, she started aerobic gymnastics, following her friend and former teammate, Mirela Pasca. The aerobics teams performed during the Gala organized in honor of Nadia Comaneci's visit to Romania. Izabela was one of the gymnasts who participated, and she looked great. She was also doing something that seemed almost unthinkable during her career as an artistic gymnast --smiling and playing to the crowd : ).

Izabela is currently studying at the Sports University in Bucharest, and she hopes to become a coach after she graduates. She is also taking ice-skating lessons in her free time, and she coaches the lower level gymnasts at Triumf Bucharest, her former club. She recently finished second at the European Aerobic Championships, and she also won the silver medal at the World Championships. Izabela told Romanian sports newspaper ProSport she has every intention to keep competing "until she wins a gold medal." Knowing her talent and work-ethic, she'll probably win more than just one.

(November 29, 2000). Izabela is the newly crowned World Cup champion in sports aerobics! Lacatus at the 2005 Romanian Sports Gala Update

(June 18, 2001). Izabela competed in the 2001 World Cup for Aerobics in Italy this weekend, winning the individual gold, and and pairs event with Remus Nicolai. Update

(February 2005). Izabela was one of the world champions in non-Olympic sports honoured at the Sports Gala in Bucharest recently.

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