Apr 022015

Doha World Cup participation has become a beautiful tradition for Romanian gymnasts. And the best part of it, are the medals.

This year the heroines were called LauraDiana Laura Bulimar and Laura Jurca. Whereas for the junior and senior Olympic medalist, Diana Bulimar, the competition represented a comeback, for the junior Olympic finalist, Laura Jurca, it marked her senior debut.

It’s easy to figure out how important the event was for both gymnasts as a necessary milestone in their career and also as a useful training for the upcoming European Championships in Montpelier.

Fears were defeated, mistakes overcome and emotions exploited. Diana Bulimar earned the silver on bars and the bronze on balance beam while Laura Jurca took silver on floor and was forth on bars and beam. Thus, both of them look forward confidently, to new challenges. We keep our fingers crossed for them.

Laura Jurca – silver performance on floor

Diana Bulimar – bronze routine on beam

(Daniela Sburlea)

May 212014

In Sofia, between 12 and 18 May the 30th edition of the European Women Gymnastics Championships wrote its story. The medal record is already history: gold for the senior team (Larisa Iordache, Diana Bulimar, Andreea Munteanu, Stefnia Stanila and Silvia Zarzu), gold on floor, silver on beam, bronze on vault and 6th place on uneven bars for Larisa Iordache, 4th place on floor for Diana Bulimar, bronze for the junior team(Laura Jurca, Andreea Iridon, Anda Butuc, Andreea Ciurusniuc and Andra Stoica), silver in the all-around, silver on vault and 5th place on floor for Laura Jurca, silver on beam, silver on floor, 6th place in the all-around for Andreea Iridon and 6th place on beam for Anda Butuc.

Although a very productive Euro edition for team Romania we have to think of it as just a step to the bigger goal: a medal at the upcoming Olympic Games. Hopefully the beautiful moment from Sofia will turn out to be a just the beginning of a long line of successes.

Puzzle team was present body and soul in Sofia both in the media space and in the supporters’ area. As we couldn’t stay away, our hearts beat with and for them in all those moments. Results are history and memories we will keep with us forever. We want to share with you some of the special moments the Romanian fans have experienced at these Euros. Here are the gymnasts for whom the Romanian fans sighed for with emotion, joy, regret or indignation:

Romania’s senior team (Unstoppable in the team final)

Romania’s junior team (Overcoming beginners nerves and lack of experience )

Laura Jurca (Managing an extremely difficult moment on the uneven bars)

Andreea Iridon (So close to gold. The fans believed in it: “Bravo Andreea!, Bravo Andreea!…)

Larisa Iordache (Best gymnast in Sofia)

 Roxana Popa (We are so proud of her!  “Hai Roxana, Hai Roxana!..”)

Noemi Makra (So beautiful and so underrated… Romanian fans loved her!)

Anna Pavlova (Impossible not to love Anna Pavlova! “Davai Anna!”)

Becky Downie (A much expected medal. Romanian fans appreciated her value.)

Maike Enderle (German girls were favorites in the UB junior final)

Claudia Fragapane (Appreciating even the most dangerous competitors)

Apr 302014

 The Doha World Cup is quickly becoming the season start favourite for the Romanian senior team. For the second year in a row, the top WAG and MAG Romanian gymnasts were sent to compete at this event, with Larisa Iordache, Diana Bulimar (who is coming back from a knee injury that kept her out of the 2013 Worlds), Andrei Muntean, Marius Berbecar and Vlad Cotuna all competing for the first time this season. Last year, the Romanian team (which also included Flavius Koczi, now retired) won 6 medals here and Larisa competed two vaults for the first time, moving on to medal on this apparatus at the European Championship (silver).

Read more on the romaniangymnast website

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.

Mar 302013

Floor Podium
© Dohagym

Larisa Iordache and Diana Bulimar succeeded exceptional results at Doha FIG World Challenge Cup, Larisa earning 1 gold on beam and 2 silvers on vault and floor while Diana took the gold on floor. In addition, Diana was 4th on beam and 5th in the uneven bars final where she was followed by Larisa on 6th place.

More details about the competition on Romanian Gymnast website:

The 2013 edition of the Doha World Cup presented itself as the last important meet for the Romanian WAG and MAG teams before the European Championships next month. Most of the gymnasts on the provisional list for Moscow were present here: Larisa Iordache, whom we got to see for the first time this season, Diana Bulimar, Flavius Koczi, Marius Berbecar, Andrei Muntean and Daniel Rădeanu. Read more


Mar 172013




French Internationals, scheduled as this year’s first test for seniors Larisa Iordache and Diana Bulimar, had in the end only the latter among competitors, Larisa being unable to participate due to a small injury.

Diana had a good competition despite a rough start in balance beam qualifications where she fell twice. But on floor, the other apparatus she competed at, Diana had very good performances in qualifications and event finals as well, earning the silver medal only 0.1 p behind 2011 world champion, Ksenia Afanaseyeva.


Dec 062012


General Info

Name: Diana Laura Bulimar
Born 22 August 1995
Club: CS Dinamo Bucharest (since 2010)
CSS 1 Timisoara (until 2010)
Club coaches: Marcel Benea, Mariana Tomceanu
Member of Onesti Junior National Team from 2007 to 2009
Onesti Junior National Team coaches: Cristian Moldovan, Lacramioara Moldovan, Aurica Nistor, Daniel Nistor (head coach), coach-choreographer Carmen (Bogasiu) Ruja
Member of Deva Junior National Team from 2009 to 2010
Deva Junior National Team coaches:  Ramona Micu, Cristian Moldovan, Lacramioara Moldovan, Gheorghe Orban (head coach), Adela Popa, Corina Doreanu (choreographer)
Olympic Team member since 2010
Izvorani Olympic Team coaches (2010-2012): Octavian Bellu (head coach), Maria Bitang (head coach), Raluca Bugner, Liliana Cosma (2010), Florin Cotutiu, Lucian Sandu, Marius Vintila, choreographer Mariana Ristea
Izvorani Olympic Team coaches (since 2013): Octavian Bellu (head coach), Maria Bitang (head coach), Ioan Coroiu, Alexandru Militaru (2013), Cristian Moldovan, Lacramioara Moldovan, Adela Popa, Lucian Sandu

Competition Results

  • 2014: Challenge Cup, Doha (FIG World Challenge Cup, C III) – 2nd place FX, 4th place BB; Friendly Meet Fra-Bel-Rou, Avoine – 1st place with team Romania, 2nd place AA; European Championships, Sofiagold medal with team Romania, 4th place floor
  • 2013: Internationaux de France, Roche-sur-Yon (FIG World Cup, CIII) – 2nd place FX; Challenge Cup, Doha (FIG Challenge Cup, C III) – 1st place FX, 4th place BB, 5th place UB; European Championships, Moscow – 4th place all-around, silver medal balance beam, bronze medal floor exercise; Challenge Cup, Anadia (FIG Challenge Cup, C III) – 1st place FX, 3rd place BB; Vitality4Me International, Alphen aan den Rijn – 1st place AA, BB and FX, 3rd place UB
  • 2012: Challenge Cup, Doha (FIG Challenge Cup, C III) – 2nd place FX, 5th place UB; Friendly Meet Fra-Rou, Cholet – 1st place with team Romania; Friendly Meet Ger-Fra-Rou, Ulm – 1st place with team Romania; European Championships, Bruxellesgold medal with team Romania, 4th BB and 6th FX in qualifications (didn’t advance to finals due to the 2 per country rule); Challenge Cup, Ghent (FIG Challenge Cup, CIII) – 1st place FX, 2nd place BB; Friendly Meet Rou-Fra-Ger-Ita, Bucharest – 1st place with team Romania; Olympic Games, Londonbronze medal with team Romania, qualified for BB final from 8th qualifying place (10th score of qualifications) – withdrawn from finale in favor of Larisa Iordache (11th score of qualifications); participation Grand Prix, Cagliari
  • 2011: Senior Nationals – 2nd place with team CS Dinamo Bucharest, 4th place AA, 3rd place FX, 5th place UB, 6th place VT and BB; Friendly Meet Ger–Rou–Sui, Erzingen – 1st place with team Romania, 3rd place AA; Friendly Meet Gbr-Rou, Lilleshall – 2nd place with team Romania; World Championships, Tokyo – 4th place with team Romania, qualified for FX final from 8th qualifying place, withdrawn due to injury
  • 2010: Gymnix Junior Cup, Montreal – 4th place AA, 1st place FX, 2nd place VT, 4th place UB; Friendly Meet Fra-Gbr-Rou, Arques – l1st place with team Romania, 3rd place AA (juniors); Romanian Internationals, Bucharest – 4th AA, 4th score UB final, 4th score BB final, 5th score FX final – oitsied of competition; Junior European Championships, Birmingham silver medal with team Romania, 4th place AA, bronze medal uneven bars, 4th place FX; International Competition, Budapest – l2nd place AA; Youth Olympic Games, Singapore – 6th place AA, silver medal floor exercise, 7th place VT and UB; Senior Nationals – 2nd place with team CS Dinamo Bucharest, 2nd place AA, 2nd place BB, 4th place FX, 5th place UB (hopefuls division)
  • 2009: Romanian Internationals, Ploiesti – 5th AA score, 5th score UB finale (outside of competition); Junior Team Nationals – 3rd AA (category II); Bosfor Cup, Istanbul – 2nd place AA, UB, BB and FX; Senior Nationals – 2nd place aa, 1st place UB and BB, 2nd place VT and FX (hopefuls division); Junior Individual Nationals – 1st place AA and FX, 3rd place UB and BB (category II); Coupe Avenir, Malmedy – 1st place with team Romania, 1st place AA and BB, 2nd place FX, 4th place UB; Top-Gym, Charleroi – 3rd place with team Slovenia – Romania, 5th place AA, 2nd place FX, 4th place VT
  • 2008Junior Team Nationals –4th AA (category II); Junior Individual Nationals – 1st place AA, VT, UB and FX, 4th place BB (category II); Tournoi Blanc Mesnil – 1st place with team Romania, 2nd place AA, 1st place FX, 2nd place UB; Tournoi International, Arques – 4th place UB
  • 2007: DKMT Cup, Deva – 1st place AA, VT and FX,  2nd place UB and BB (11-13 years old juniors); Junior Teams Nationals – 1st AA (category III); Junior Individual Nationals – 3rd place AA, 1st place VT, 2nd place UB, 3rd place BB (category III)
  • 2006: School Nationals – 1st place with team CSS 1 Timisoara, 1st place AA, VT, BB and FX, 8th place UB (category III); Junior Team Nationals – 2nd place with team CSS 1 Timisoara, 1st AA (category III); Junior Individual Nationals – 5th place AA, 2nd place VT, 5th place FX, 6th place UB  (category III)
  • 2005School Nationals – 4th place with team CSS 1 Timisoara, 3rd place AA, 1st place UB, 2nd place BB, 4th place VT (category IV); Little Gymnast Nationals – 4th place with team CSS 1 Timisoara, 6th place AA, 8th place UB (category IV)
  • 2004School Nationals – 2nd place with team CSS 1 Timisoara, 14th place AA, 3rd place UB (category IV); Little Gymnast Nationals – 1st place with team CSS 1 Timisoara, 8th place AA, 1st place UB, 3rd place FX

Please also visit Diana Bulimar – official site !