Nov 302013

The juniors of Romania’s Cetate Deva club were once again on top of the alps, dominating the 18th Alpen Adria Cup in Austria, held Saturday and Sunday in Klagenfurt.

Coached by two-time Olympian Gina Gogean, Deva gymnasts finished 1-2 in two of the three all-around competitions on Saturday and then won Sunday’s team competition among the eldest age group. It was an even better finish than the 2012 Alpen Adria Cup, which saw gymnasts from Cetate Deva win the gold medals in the two youngest age groups but finish second in the team competition.


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Apr 292013

After the recent National Schools Championships held in Buzau, a few talented gymnasts were called at Deva to be part of the new national junior team. Most of the gymnasts selected are Rio Olympic hopefuls and just a handful of them are younger gymnasts age eligible for 2020 Olympics.  Here they are:


Miriam AribasoiuMiriam Aribasoiu, member of Deva junior team since 2011, comes from CNS Cetate Deva where she trained with Ulpia Barbu, Mirela Dicu, Alexandru Militaru, Lenuta Slabu, Sorin Tolteanu andl Gheorghe Cosma.
Team bronze medalist at last year’s Junior Euros, a talented, elegant and execution accurate gymnast, Miriam could not make the  Izvorani Olympic team this year because of some nagging medical issues. Being again part of Deva junior team she needs to compete at the highest level this year in order to be called at  Izvorani. She’ll be senior in 2014.

Miriam performing for Romania on bars

Raluca BrutaruRaluca Brutaru is one of the 6 athletes selected from CSS 1 Constanta club. as her colleagues she prepared at Constanta under Mirela Szemerjai, Sorin Bechir, Madalina Harbu and choreographer Daniela Sofronie. Raluca is a strong, dynamic gymnast with acrobatic abilities. Constant training at national team standards could bring her the improvement she needs. She turns senior in 2015.

Raluca performing on floor

Olivia CimpianOlivia Cimpian, one of the team babies, comes from  CNS Cetate Deva club whre she has had coaches as Adela Popa andIoan Coroiu, Cristinel Micu, Luciana Rusan, Lenuta Slabu and Gina Gogean but also Liliana Cosma and Gheorghe Orban. She began gymnastics at Arad and her first coaches were Carina Franiov and Ciprian Hegyi. She is one of the most valuable gymnasts of her generation, being a class above the field both execution and difficulty. She is very expressive and elegant. She’ll be eligible for senior competitions in 2017.

Olivia, extraordinary beautiful on floor

Ioana ComanIoana Coman, from CSS 1 Constanta, is for the second time member Deva National team. At her first selection, Ioana was forced to return to Constanta following an injury that kept her away from training. She is now  back, more determined than ever, marking her comeback with 4 medals at the recent Schools Championships. Ioana is a gymnast with real potential for excelling on all apparatus. Intense training might guarantee her the consistency she needs. She turns senior in 2015.

Ioana performing on floor

Ioana Teodora CrisanIoana Teodora Crisan, a 2001 born gymnast, began gymnastics at Cluj with coaches Dana Aron and Dan Florian and starting with level 3 she continued training at CNS Cetate Deva under coaches Adela Popa and Ioan Coroiu and later with Liliana Cosma and Gheorghe Orban. Ioana is a complete gymnast, a strong competitor on all 4 events. Her talent consists of a fortunate mixture of technical and artistic abilities. She will be senior in 2017

Teo, focused on beam

Diana Rahela DamianDiana Damian, an old member of Deva junior team also, is affiliated to CSSG Focsani where she trained with Nicoleta Raducan and Florin Rosioru. She was initially selected for Onesti junior national team in 2010 and she moved to Deva team in 2011. She is powerful, dynamic, with special acrobatic abilities, her best events being beam and floor. She is age eligible as a first year senior for Rio Olympics.

Diana owning beam

Adela Paula FloreaAdela Florea, multiple champion and medalist in her category, is student of coaches Ioan Coroiu and Adela Popa from CNS Cetate Deva. In 2013 she trained with Liliana Cosma and Gheorghe Orban. As difficulty level she is the most advanced gymnast of her age group, performing more complex elements than many of the older girls also. She is a very talented athlete, she easily masters new elements and she performers them confidently in competition. She is highly competitive on all events, needing just a bit more attention on execution details. She missed the latest competition because of some medical problems. She’s turning senior in 2016.

Adela rocking bars

Carmen GhiciucCarmen Ghiciuc is part of the youngest generation of gymnasts selected for Deva national team. She trained at CNS Cetate Deva club with coaches Adela Pppa, Ioan Coroiu, Cristinel Micu, Luciana Rusan, Lenuta Slabu, Gina Gogean, Liliana Cosma and Gheorghe Orban. She is a tiny, graceful gymnast with pleasant executions. With a little bit more confidence she could earn the needed competition consistency. She becomes senior in 2017.

Carmen, in control of beam

Maria Larisa HolburaMaria Holbura comes from CSS 1 Constanta where she prepared with the same coaches as her colleagues: Mirela Szemerjai, Sorin Bechir, Madalina Harbu and choreographer Daniela Sofronie. She is especially gifted for vault but she also has great acrobatic and artistic potential for beam and floor. Her technical baggage on uneven bars can be highlighted with a bit of polish execution wise. She is senior age eligible in 2016.

Maria dominating vault final at Nationals _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Alexandra Maria MihaiAlexandra Maria Mihai, one of the hopefuls for the next quadrennium, is the product of CSS 2 Bucharest club where she has trained with cu Liliana Plisca, Binaca Abrudean and Ancuta Gheorghe Dan. She made herself remarked from her very first competitions, dominating year after year her age category; she is a complete, accurate gymnast, very energetic and determined.  She is especially agreeably on beam and floor and with a bit more attention she can shine on uneven bars too. She turns senior in 2017.

Alexa, an artist performance on floor


Malina MileaMalina Milea, competing  CSS 1 Constanta is a longilin, powerful, consistent gymnast with good and promising routines on all apparatus. She’ll need to improve on execution quality. Born in 1999, turns senior in 2015.

Malina performing on floor


Iuliana MileaIuliana Milea, Malina’s twin sister, has a richer repertoire of elements, being especially good on uneven bars where she performs a difficult and complex routine. With more attention on execution she can become very competitive all-around.

Iulia, ambitious routine on bars

Stefania OrzuStefania Orzu comes from Onesti where she trained at CSM club with Ileana Hrisca and Eugen Grosu. She is dynamic, energetic and extremely expressive, having a very good communication with the audience, showing great pleasure in her performances. Uneven bars are her weakest point but hopefully she can improve on. She becomes senior in 2016.

Stefi, lovely and smiling on floor

Laura TofanLaura Tofan of CSS 1 Constanta is a very talented athlete, with quality and progress potential on all 4 apparatus. She has really nice lines on uneven bars being capable of great performances on this event. On beam and floor she can improve both artistically and acrobatically. She needs to get over competition nerves and become more consistent. She turns senior in  2016.

Laura and a promising uneven bars routine


Dora VulcanDora Vulcan, a native of Focsani competed in the past for CSSG Focsani and CSM Onesti clubs where she was prepared by her mother, coach Doinita Vulcan, and now she represents CSS 7 Dinamo Bucharest where she trained with Mariana Cimpeanu Silisteanu. She was part of the junior team training in Onesti from 2010 to 2011. She is a longilin, elegant gymnast with very enjoyable performances. She has yet to gain on the difficulty level as medical issues have slowed her down lately. She will be senior in 2015

Dora, elegant on floor


Preparation of these 15 gymnasts is done by Liliana Cosma – head coach, Gheorghe Orban, Florin Cotutiu,  Ramona Micu and choreographer Corina Dorean, a highly experienced team from CNS Cetate Deva ,who will surely make wonders with these talented kids.

Oct 022012

Carmen Ghiciuc

General info

Name: Carmen Adela Ghiciuc
Born 10 May 2001
Campulung Moldovenesc, Suceava
Club: CNS Cetate Deva
Club coaches: Liliana Cosma, Gheorghe Orban (2013)
Ioan Coroiu, Adela Popa (until 2010, 2012)
Gina Gogean, Cristinel Micu, Luciana Rusan Menciu, Lenuta Slabu (2010-2011)
Deva Junior National Team member 2013-2016
Deva Junior National Team coaches: Liliana Cosma (head coach 2013-2014), Florin Cotutiu, Nicolae Forminte (head coach since 2014), Ramona Micu, Daniela Maranduca Nicolai (since 2014), Remus Nicolai (since 2014), Gheorghe Orban (2013), choreographer Corina Dorean
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: Senior Nationals – 1st place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 10th place AA, 2nd place UB; World Cup, Szombathely – 19tj place UB qualifications
  • 2016: Nadia Comaneci International Invitational, Oklahoma – 2nd place with team Romania, 2nd place AA, 1st place UB and FX, 3rd place VT; Friendly Meet Bel-Rou, Mouscron – 1st place with team Romania, 1st place AA; Friendly Meet Fra-Rou, Hagenau – 1st place with team Romania; Junior European Championships, Bern bronze medal with team Romania, 8th place AA; Junior Team Nationals – 1st place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 3rd AA score (category I, level 5); – 2nd place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 6th place AA, l6th place FX, 7th place VT, 8th place UB; Gymnaziade, Trabzon silver medal with team Romania, silver medal uneven bars, 16th place AA; Junior Individual Nationals – 3rd place UB (category I, level 5)
  • 2015: Trofeo Citta di Lugano – 5th place AA; Junior Team Nationals – 1st place with team CNS Cetate Deva II, 5th AA score (category I, level 5); Senior Nationals – 3rd place with team CNS Cetate Deva II, 13th place AA, 5th place VT; Junior Individual Nationals – 4th place AA, 2nd place UB, 3rd place VT, 4th place FX, 6th place BB (category I, level 5)
  • 2014Junior Team Nationals – 9th UB score (category II, level 4); Junior Individual Nationals – 11th place AA, 4th place UB (category II, level 4); Alpen Adria Cup, Klagenfurt – 1st place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 3rd place AA (juniorinen)
  • 2013School Nationals – 4th place AA, 3rd place UB, 5th place VT, BB and FX (category III, level 4); Junior Team Nationals – 1st place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 6th AA score (category III, level 4); Junior Individual Nationals – 13th place AA, 7th place VT (category III, level 4); Alpen Adria Cup, Klagenfurt – 1st place AA (jugendstufe)
  • 2012: School Nationals – 1st place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 4th place AA, 6th place UB, BB and FX (category III, level 3); Junior Team Nationals – 2nd place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 9th AA score (category III, level 3); Junior Individual Nationals – 17th place AA (category III, level 3); Alpen Adria Cup, Klagenfurt – 6th place AA (nachwuchsstufe category)
  • 2011School Nationals – 2nd place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 14th place AA, 8th place FX (category IV, level 2); “Little Gymnast” Nationals – 3rd place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 11th place AA, 8th place BB (category IV, level 2)
  • 2010School Nationals – 2nd place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 8th place AA, 2nd place BB, 6th place UB and FX (category IV, level 1); “Little Gymnast” Nationals – 5th place with team CNS Cetate Deva, 26th place AA (category IV, level 1)

Photo Gallery

  • 2014 Junior Individual Nationals, Deva (© Dan Mares)
  • 2013 Junior Team Nationals, Onesti (© Dan Mares)
  • 2012 Alpen Adria Cup, Klagenfurt (© Alpen Adria Cup)
  • 2012 Junior Individual Nationals, Deva(© Dan Mares)