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                            DANIELA MARADUNCA

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Date of birth: July 1976
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In the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor, Nicolae Forminte described her as, "the most determined and dedicated gymnast I have ever coached." Surprisingly, that description does not refer to his best known gymnast, Simona Amanar, but rather to Daniela Maranduca.

Daniela started gymnastics when she was 6 years old, after seeing a competition on television. Success didn't come easy for her, and she was often left behind when her teammates went to major competitions. Instead of giving up, she kept training, and in 1991 her efforts paid off - she was selected to the national team.

Daniela, already 18 by the end of 1994, decide to retire after Dortmund and focus on her studies. She went back to Constanta, where she majored in Environmental studies at the local university.

She found the time to coach at Farul, grooming current national team members Elena Oprea, Olimpia Popa, and Aurelia Ciurea. Daniela's career may have been cut short by untimely injuries, but she will always be remembered for her amazingly elegant routines...and for being, as Amanar described Dani to Romanian Newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor, the "kindest and most supportive teammate anyone can ever have."

(November 15, 1999). Daniela now performs with Aeros, an Italian performance art troupe. Other "big" Romanian names at Aeros include Lacramioara Filip (1989 World team member), Izabela Lacatus (second alternate to the 1992 Olympic team), and Ancuta Elena Goia. A former rhythmic gymnast, Ancuta consistently placed in the top in international competitions in the 1980s. Following her retirement, she worked as a choreographer in Steaua before joining Aeros. Cristian Leric, a prominent Romanian male gymnast in the mid 1990s, used to perform with Aeros.

(June 4, 2000). Daniela recently competed for Romania at the 2000 World Championships in Sports Aerobics. She and her teammates (Cristina Marin and Mirela Rusu) placed 11th in the team trio event, just missing the chance to advance to the final round. All three (Maranduca, Marin, and Rusu) continue to perform with Aeros as well.

(June 30, 2002). Daniela is scheduled to marry fellow CS Farul National aerobics team member Remus Nicolai in August! Nicolai competes with Daniela's former WAG teammate, Isabella Lacatus, in the aerobics mixed pairs event.

(August 30, 2002). Daniela and Remus married August 24, 2002!
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World Chships

1992 Romanian Nationals
1993 Romanian International: 3rd AA, 6th UB
1994 Romanian Nationals: 1st T, 2nd V, 2nd FX
1994 Birmingham Classic: 4th AA, 1st V
1994 Trophee Massilia
1994 World Championships: 1st T

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