Oct 202015

Anamaria Ocolisan

Less than 300 days till Rio, and less than a week until Romania enters Glasgow Worlds qualifications which also serve as Olympics team qualification event. Key member of the Romanian team, Anamaria Ocolisan, is set to do her best to help her team. Here below is a short interview with her for Puzzlegym readers.

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Anamaria, you were part of the Romanian team that placed forth at last year’s Worlds. How do you remember this event, how was it for you?

It was my first big competition. I have to admit I was a bit nervous and emotional but it was a good experience and it helped me grow. I learned that I have to compete as I train, without fear or presuure. If I could, I would erase all the mistakes I made in qualifications.

Nowadays the artistic part plays a huge role in the D score. You have beautiful lines on floor, did you consider adding some difficult turns besides your artistic leaps? A turns combination maybe?

Yes, I thought about it, but for now I focus on consistency and accuracy.

What is your favorite apparatus?

I like them all, but I love the uneven bars, I always did. I enjoy performing the transitions between bars. Even when I have a bad day, I find it easier to work bars.

How do you spend your free time

I like listening music and drawing. I prefer pop music, all the new tunes.

What is the most memorable competition you took part in?

Definitely the 2014 Worlds. I learned the meaning of the word TEAM while competing in China last year.


What are your plans for the future? How do you see yourself two years from now? Ten years from now?

I plan to still be in the gym two years from now. I don’t know about ten years from now, but I’d like to become a coach. I’ll take it step by step, I don’t think so far ahead. For now I just want to do my best at Worlds and help my team.

Nov 302013

The 2013 edition of Elite Gym Massilia, held between 16 and 17 November, was a very nice occasion to see a very strong Romanian team at work (composed of seniors Larisa Iordache, Ana Maria Ocolisan, Stefania Stanila and junior Andreea Munteanu) a team that decisively won the gold medal in front of Russia and UK representatives.

The winner of the individual all around was, as expected, Romania’s Larisa Iordache followed by the young Romanian hopeful, Andreea Munteanu. Ana Maria Ocolisan and Stefania Stanila finished the competition in 9th and 21st places.

In the event finals day the fabulous  duo Iordache – Munteanu dominated their strongest events, Larisa winning the two gold medals on beam and floor whereas Andreea was second on both events. Moreover Larisa earned a silver on vault, an event final where Ana Maria Ocolisan finished in 5th place.

Here are our girls best routines from the competition:

Larisa Iordache – the most difficult beam routine of the year 2013 (D = 6.9)


Andreea Munteanu – beam


Larisa Iordache -floor


Andreea Munteanu – floor


Ana Maria Ocolisan – vault



May 062013

At the beginning of the year 16 juniors were selected to  strengthen the Olympic team training at Izvorani. Together with the 4 seniors remained in the post Olympic fight, the new members of the team are now the first offensive  line in the Rio Olympics strategy.


Daniela AndreiDaniela Andrei is a gymnast that raised a lot of hopes over the years, being thought to be one of the most talented gymnast of the current generation. Unfortunately she did not live up to her potential yet, being slowed down by health issues and by limited competitive experience. But she keeps fighting, and with more luck, we are sure she can prove her true value. She comes from CSS Buzau club, where she trained with Tanta Patrut and Constantin Clinciu, she then prepared at Onesti junior center and  Deva and Izvorani Olympic centers. She is senior since 2009.

Dana, elegant and precise on beam


Madalina BlendeaMadalina Blendea, athlete of CNS Cetate Deva club and student of Adela Popa and Ioan Coroiu was a usual presence on the  awarding podiums, dominating her age category until last year when some medical issues have occurred and prevented her from competing since. She is a complete, 4 events gymnast, with very polished executions  and presentations and a special affinity for uneven bars, having  nice lines and good rhythm on this apparatus. She becomes senior in 2015.

Mada and a very promising uneven bars routine


Diana BulimarDiana Bulimar, the reliable soldier of the Olympic team, reinvented through her individual successes at this year’s  Euro’s is a Izvorani team member since 2010. She now represents CS Dinamo Bucharest club but has started gymnastics at CSS 1 Timisoara under Mariana Tomceanu and Marcel Benea and was  later part of Onesti and Deva junior teams. She is a multiple European and Olympic medalist as both a junior and a senior. She always excelled on floor and beam, she was safe and precise on uneven bars for the team and this year she showed great vault potential announcing herself as a powerful contented for big events all-around final. She needs to raise her difficulty level to increase her individual chances. She is senior since 2011.

A golden floor


Anda ButucAnda Butuc comes from CSS 2 Bucharest club where she was coached by Liliana Plisca, Bianca Abrudean and Ancuta Gheorghe-Dan. In 2012 she was part of Deva junior team. She is a longilin, elegant gymnast, with beautiful posture, highly competitive on beam and uneven bars, needing a bit more work on the leg events. She turns senior in 2016.

Anda,best on beam at Nadia International


Andreea CiurusniucAndreea Ciurusniuc is one of the 3 Steaua gymnasts present at Izvorani, being a talented and dynamic athlete, with great potential on all apparatus. Being under centralized training since 2012,when she was selected for Deva junior team, she made a rapid technical improvement, learning a lot of new elements, and perfecting execution quality. She will be senior eligible in 2016.

A lively floor

IordacheLarisa Iordache is, as we know, our most complete gymnast. Athlete of Dinamo club, discovered by coach Mariana Cimpeanu Silisteanu, Larisa was part of Onesti and Deva junior teams before she was selected for Izvorani Olympic team. She is a multiple European champion and medalist at both junior and senior level and also a team bronze medalist at London Olympics.  She is excellent on beam, floor and vault and has great potential for uneven bars too. Being thought to be one of the best contenders for the all-around titles in London, Larisa could not defend her chances being hampered by a leg injury. “She has explosion and speed. She is a mix of acrobatic complexity and artistic qualities ” (Mariana Bitang). 2013 is her second year as a senior.

Lari’s most recent gold

Andreea IridonAndreea Iridon, one of the most complete gymnasts of the new generation, comes from CNS Cetate Deva club, and was coached by  Adela Popa and Ioan Coroiu. She is an elegant, flexible gymnast with nice extension, she excels on beam and uneven bars but is also competitive on vault and floor. She has yet to gain on consistency. She is one to remember! Becomes senior in 2015.

Complexity and precision – Andreea on uneven bars

Sandra IzbasaThe well-known Sandra Izbasa, double Olympic champion does not need any presentation, we all know her special, unique qualities: she is elegant, powerful and unstoppable. We all learned through the years that we should never underestimate her.  Always adapting and besting herself, Sandra went through different stages: all-around gymnast, beam and floor specialist, floor specialist, vault and floor specialist and again all-around gymnast, every phase having its own medals. And now she still finds motivation and pleasure in doing gymnastics being an extraordinary model of determination and ambition for all little gymnasts  and for all of us.  She began gymnastics at Steaua club under the guidance of  Lia Ceampelea, Eliza Stoica, Angela Cacoveanu, Gheorghe Neagu, Marius Vintila  and Mariana Ristea.

A special floor

Laura JurcaLaura Jurca was part of a very valuable team of gymnasts from CNS Cetate Deva, coached by Adela Popa and Ioan Coroiu. She is a tiny yet powerful gymnast, with great acrobatic abilities. She is constantly improving on her artistic qualities as well. She is an extremely tenacious gymnast. Will be senior in 2015.

A champion’s floor performance

Teea MileaTeea Milea, currently the only Constanta girl in  Izvorani team, trained at Farul Constanta with coaches: Clementa Garabet, Daniela Maranduca Nicolai and Remus Nicolai. She is a beam and floor specialist being troubled by uneven bars in competitions although she is quite good in training. She will become senior in 2016.

An artist performance – Teea on floor

Andreea Munteanu Andreea Munteanu, multiple Junior European gymnast last year, represents CNS Cetate Deva club where she trained with  Mirela Dicu, Alexandru Militaru, Lenuta Slabu and Sorin Tolteanu. She was selected for Deva Junior team in 2011 and she made a fast and spectacular improvement, becoming one of the most appreciated young gymnasts in the world for the high quality of her executions. She is excellent on beam and floor, a good vaulter but needs to improve on bars. She will be senior  in 2014.

Andreea – a great floor performance

Ioana NicoaraIoana Nicoara is also a CNS Cetate Deva club athlete. She has worked with coaches: Alexandru Militaru, Lenuta Slabu, Sorin Tolteanu and later with Ioan Coroiu and Adela Popa. She is a longilin, elegant and flexible gymnast who improved a lot in the last years. With a bit more confidence she could overcome the completion hesitations that are hindering her. She will be eligible for senior competitions in 2014.

Improving on uneven bars

Ana Maria OcolisanAna Maria Ocolisan, also from CNS Cetate Deva club, student of Alexandru Militaru, Lenuta Slabu, Sorin Tolteanu, is one of the 2 seniors promoted to Izvorani team this year. She is a complete, 4 events gymnast, very clean and precise. She needs to add difficulty to her routines if she wants to be competitive in the international scene.

Concentration and precision – Ana on beam

Asiana Li-Da PengAsiana Peng, the little gymnast from CNS Cetate Deva is one of our biggest hopes for Rio 2016. She was trained at Deva by Cristinel Micu, Gina Gogean, Luciana Rusan, Lenuta Slabu, Ioan Coroiu and Adela Popa. She is a very pleasant gymnast, with polished, beautiful execution, explosive and graceful in the same time. The raise in difficulty  will make her a threat for  any international event. She will become senior in the Olympic year.

Asiana, champion’s refinement

Stefania Alina StanilaStefania Stanila, the other new senior of the team, comes also from CNS Cetate Deva where she trained under Mirela Dicu, Alexandru Militaru, Lenuta Slabu and Sorin Tolteanu. She is a Junior European medalist last year, a valuable, powerful gymnast, under technical improvement, more competitive on vault and floor, having very promising acrobatic abilities.

A complex floor routine

Andra StoicaAndra Stoica, a Dinamo club athlete, prepared by coach Mariana Cimpeanu Silisteanu was part of Onesti and later Deva junior teams, where she mastered a great array of skills. She is a powerful, energetic although small gymnast. She is less known,  having a limited competitive experience, but she has what it takes to become a big name of  Romanian gymnastics. She’ll be senior in the Olympic year.

A valuable beam

Diana TeodoruDiana Teodoru, the only athlete of  SCM Bacau  present at  Izvorani, club coached by Corneliu and Vasilica Agop, is a gymnast that improved a lot over the last years while training at Onesti and Deva junior teams. She is powerful and energetic. She has yet to gain some consistency but this can only come with experience which in her case is quite limited at the moment. She turns senior next year.

Rhythm and energy

Paula Cristina TudorachePaula Tudorache, Dinamo club athlete, discovered and guided by Adriana Musat and Anca Draghici is a special gymnast, very elegant and graceful. She is a beam and bars specialist. By exploiting her artistic potential she can become competitive on floor too. She is in her last year as a junior.

Grace and expressivity

Cristina VrabieCristina Vrabie, a student of  Steaua Bucharest team of coaches (Eliza Stoica, Angela Cacoveanu and Gheorghe Neagu) is a very talented, longilin, elegant gymnast, with clean execution. She has real shots of making the Olympic team being capable of improvement on all events. She’ll be senior in 2016.

A stylish floor

Silvia ZarzuSilvia Zarzu, one of ours most valuable junior gymnasts, comes from CSM Onesti where she trained with Ileana Hrisca, Luminita Eftimiu and Eugen Grosu. She is a dynamic, charismatic gymnast, strong on floor, vault and beam. She does not have great bars abilities but she can improve on her strongest apparatus becoming a specialist for event finals.

Silvery performance at last year’s Euros

The coaching staff has also renewed: Octavian Bellu, Mariana Bitang, Ioan Coroiu, Alexandru Militaru, Cristian Moldovan, Lacramioara Moldovan, Adela Popa and Lucian Sandu are now the coaches in charge.

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Ana Maria Ocolisan

© Dan Mares

General Info

Name: Anamaria Ocolisan
Born 10 December 1997
Calan, Hunedoara
Club: CNS Cetate Deva
Club coaches: Alexandru Militaru, Lenuta Slabu, Sorin Tolteanu
Deva Junior National Team member (2011 – 2012)
(activity interrupted in the 2nd half of 2011)
Deva Junior National Team coaches: Ramona Micu (2011), Alexandru Militaru, Cristian Moldovan, Lacramioara Moldovan, Gheorghe Orban (head coach), Adela Popa, choreographer Corina Dorean
Izvorani Olympic Team member since 2013
Izvorani Olympic Team coaches: Octavian Bellu (head coach), Maria Bitang (head coach), Ioan Coroiu, Alexandru Militaru (2013), Cristian Moldovan, Lacramioara Moldovan, Adela Popa, Lucian Sandu
Deva Olympic Team member since 2016
Deva Olympic Team coaches: Liliana Cosma, Florin Cotutiu, Nicolae Forminte (head coach), Daniela Maranduca Nicolai (2016-2017), Remus Nicolai (2016-2017), Adela Popa, Marius Vintila (since 2018), Florin Uzum (since 2018)

Competition Results

  • 2017: World Cup Doha (FIG Chalenge Cup, CIII) – 16th place UB, 14th place BB, 15th place FX in qualifications
  • 2016: European Championships, Bern – 6th place with team Romania
  • 2015: Trofeo 4 Nazioni, Torino – 3rd place with team Romania, 10th place AA; Senior Nationals – 2nd place with team CNS Cetate Deva I, 2nd place AA, 3rd place BB, 4th place FX, 5th place UB; Novara Cup – 1st place with team Romania, 9th place AA;  World Championships, Glasgow – injured before qualifications
  • 2014Senior Nationals – 5th place AA, 3rd place VT and UB; Friendly Meet Ger-Rou-Sui, Obbersiggenthal – 2nd place with team Romania, 9th place AA; World Championship, Nanning – 4th place with team Romania; Team Nationals – 1st place with team CNS Cetate Deva II; Blume Memorial, Barcelona – 10th place AA
  • 2013: Junior Team Nationals – 1st AA score (category I, level 6); Senior Nationals – 4th place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 7th place AA, 1st place VT, 7th place BB; Junior Individual Nationals – 2nd AA score, 2nd VT, UB and FX score, 7th score BB – outside of competition (category I, level 6) Master Massilia Cup – 1st place with team Romania, 9th place AA, 5th place VT
  • 2012: Junior Team Nationals – 1st place with team  CNS Cetate Deva, 2th AA score (category I, level 6); Junior Individual Nationals – 3rd place AA, 2nd place BB, 3rd place VT, UB and FX (category I, level 6); Senior Nationals – 1st place with team CNS Cetate Deva I, 2th AA score, 1st place FX, 3rd place VT, 5th place UB (hopefuls division); Top Gym, Charleroi – 5th place with team Romania-Ukraine, 14th place AA, 3rd place VT, 4th place BB; Tournoi International de Gymnastique d’Arques – 5th place with team Romania (Paula Tudorache), 6th place AA, 4th place FX, 5th place BB and VT (juniors)
  • 2011: Nadia Comaneci International Invitational, Oklahoma – 3rd place AA, 2nd place with team Romania;  Friendly Meet Gbr-Rou, Lilleshall – 1st place with team Romania; Alpen Adria Cup, Klagenfurt – 5th place AA (juniorinnenstufe category)
  • 2010School Nationals – 1st place AA, UB and FX, 3rd place VT and BB (category II, level 5); DKMT Cup International, Deva – 2nd place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 4th place AA; Junior Team Nationals – 1st place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 3th AA score (category II, level 5);  Junior Individual Nationals – 1st place  AA, VT and UB, 2nd place FX (category II, level 5); Alpen Adria Cup, Klagenfurt – 2nd place with team CNS Cetate Deva (+ Stefania Stanila), 8th place AA (juniorinnenstufe category)
  • 2009Junior Team Nationals – 2nd place with team  CNS Cetate Deva, 4th AA score (category III), Junior Individual Nationals – 4th place AA, 1st place UB, 5th placeVT (category III); Gajdose Memorial, Brno – 1st place with teammate Smigoc Miha (Slo), 2nd place AA
  • 2008School Nationals – 3rd place with team  CNS Cetate Deva, 14th place AA,  7th place UB (category III); Junior Team Nationals – 2nd place  with team  CNS Cetate Deva I, 27th AA score (category III); Junior Individual Nationals – 15th place AA, 5th place UB (category III)
  • 2007: “Little Gymnast” Nationals – 4th place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 30th place AA (category IV, level 2)

Photo Gallery

  • 2013 Senior Nationals, Bucharest (© Dan Mares)
  • 2013 Junior Team Nationals, Onesti (© Dan Mares)
  • 2012 Tournoi International de Gymnastique d’Arques
  • Team Competition/All-Around (© Benoit Bonatre)
  • Apparatus Finals (© Benoit Bonatre)
  • 2012 Top Gym, Charleroi
  • All-Around (© Pierre Mertens)
  • Apparatus Finals (© Pierre Mertens)
  • 2012 Senior Nationals, Onesti
  • Team Final (© Dan Mares)
  • Apparatus Finals (© Dan Mares)
  • 2012 Junior Individual Nationals, Deva
  • All-Around (© Dan Mares)
  • Apparatus Finals (© Dan Mares)
  • 2010 Junior Individual Nationals, Bacau (© Ionut Branzei)
  • 2009 Gajdose Memorial, Brno (© Peter Dieleman)
  • 2009 Junior Individual Nationals, Deva (© Monagym)