Highest Romanian awards
and Honors for Gymnasts and coaches
Romanian president Ion Iliescu have awarded,
two hours ago, to the men's and women's gymnastics team, the
highest Romanian medals and honors.
Romanian medallists from Athens were given different types
of Presidential Medals, depending of their achievement.
Also some coaches, including (a first in Romania) those who
have first discovered and trained the athletes, and some officials
were given Presidential Medals.
Ion Iliescu is a well known gymnastics fan and strong supporter
of Romanian gymnastics.
He was in Athens to support the team during qualifications(photo,
center,with glasses)and have delayed with two hours his depart
in a Presidential tour inside the country to welcome the gymnasts
at the airport (photo at right).
Following list contain gymnastics medallists only:
Achievement Medal, First Class (highest Honor for any
Romanian athlete) was given to:Oana Mihaela Ban, Alexandra
Eremia, Catalina Ponor, Monica Rosu, Nicoleta Daniela Sofronie,
Sport Achievement Medal, second class, with two straps,
to: Marian Dragulescu, Marius Daniel Urzica.
Sport Achievement Medal, second class: Ioan Silviu
Sport Achievement Medal:Ilie Daniel Popescu, Dan Nicolae
Potra, Razvan Dorin Selariu.
Special recognition to gymnastics specialists:
Star, Commander Rank": Octavian Belu, Mariana Bitang
Sport Achievement Medal, second class, with two straps:
Dan Grecu, coach of men's team.
Sport Achievement Medal, second class: coaches Cornel
Agop,Vasilica Agop, Nicolae Branzai, Angela Cacoveanu, Elena
Ceampelea, Gabriela Dosoftei, Carmen Dumitru (doctor of gym
team), Nicolae Forminte – secondary coach of Olympic
team, Stefan Hargalas, Catalin Meran, Gheorghe Neagu,Tanase
Ovidiu – (kinetotheray specialist), Mariana Ristea, Lucian
Sandu (secondary coach of Olympic Team), Matei Stanei,
Eliza Stoica, Mirela Szermejai.
Sport Achievement Medal, Third Class with one strap,
to the coaches: Mircea Apolzan, Ioan Boici, Elena Checiches,
Sport Achievement Medal, third class, to:Stefan Csaba
Gal (secondary coach), Aurelian Georgescu (secondary coach),
Adrian Sandu (secondary coach),Cristian Gheorghe Stociu (doctor)
Sport Achievement Medal, First Class with two straps:
Elena Grecu (gymnastics choreograph), Margareta Turcu (medical
Sport Achievement Medal, First Class with one strip,
to: Razvan Spirescu-gymnastic masseur and Ioana Mihu-medical
Sport Achievement Medal to: Mr. Nicolae Vieru-President
of Romanian Gymnastics Federation
Sport Achievement Medal, Second Class with two strips:
Adrian Stoica, General Secretary of R.G.F.
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