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 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
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!
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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