Deva Junior National Team members began the year by attending 2 very important international junior competitions overseas: Nadia Comaneci International Invitational in Oklahoma, USA (22 February 2014) and Gymnix International Junior Cup in Montreal, Canada (8-9 March 2014). Thus, our young gymnasts got a taste of the big international competitions spirit , the American experience being for some of them either their first international meet (Alexandra Mihai, Maria Holbura, Stefania Orzu, Dora Vulcan) either their first appearance on a competition podium (Ioana Crisan, Olivia Cimpian).
At the already traditional Nadia competition Romania sent a team of young 2020 Olympic hopefuls: Ioana Crisan, Olivia Cimpian and Alexandra Mihai, a team that brought home a handful of medals, proving one more time that the future is bright. They won the team bronze and the all-around silver (Ioana Crisan – only 2 tenths behind the new wonder-child of USa gymnastics – Russian born, WOGA trained Irina Alexeeva) and bronze (Olivia Cimpian). A debutant in international events, Alexandra Mihai was 8th all-around. Our girls were among the best in the unofficial event standings also: Alexandra Mihai was 2nd on beam, Olivia Cimpian was 2nd on floor and 3rd on beam while the most consistent gymnast of the whole competition, Ioana Crisan was 3rd on vault, beam and floor and 4th on bars.
At the Gymnix Junior Cup, Romania sent 2000 juniors: Adela Florea, Maria Holbura, Stefania Orzu and Dora Vulcan. This young team, made predominantly of gymnasts with 0 international experience finished the first day on 5th place while individually they placed 14th - Stefania Orzu, 17tth Dora Vulcan, 19th Maria Holbura and 22nd Adela Florea. The event finals day was brighter as it brought the only medal for Romania Stefnia Orzu’s bronze on beam. Dora Vulcan was 4th on vault and Maria Holbura was 5th on floor.
We are positive that this experience was a very valuable and motivational one for the young and unexperienced Romanian juniors both for the ones returning with medals and appreciation but also for the ones returning prize-free but ambition and determination – full.