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                  LAVINIA MILOSOVICI

Born on October 21, 1976 in Lugoj, Romania
started gymnastics in 1983
trained in Deva
coached by Octavian Belu
has an older brother Cristian
mother use to be a volleyball player
father is a former wrestler
favorite gymnasts: Nadia Comaneci, Daniela Silivas and Valery Belenky

She's the first female gymnast since Vera Calsavska of Czechoslovakia (1964-68) to win world and olympic titles on every event.
Milo has medaled in 7 worlds and the last 2 Olympics.
She's the only female gymnast to win the Chunichi Cup 3 times.

[Aug 25] Lavinia Milosovici returns from treatment at Beijing Clinic

  Lavinia Milosovici left Beijing this morning, after a 40 days OEC cells treatment at famous Dr.Huang Hongyun Clinic in Beijing,
for her daughter Denisa. Julia, secretary of Dr.Huang: "Milosovici and her child flied back to Romania this morning and everything is fine."

Photo: Lavinia Milosovici and Dr.Huang Hongyun in a Good Bye! photo, this morning in Beijing



"There's a big difference between the Olympics and the other competitions because for gymnastics, the most important goal in your whole life is the Olympic medal- doesn't matter, gold, silver or bronze. In the history of each sport, the heroes who win the Olympic gold medal are the ones we remember. Nobody remembers the World Champion 25 years ago, but everyone remembers who the Olympic Champions were, even 100 years ago."
-Lavinia Milosovici interview from CBC at the '96 World Championships

1990 American Cup: 5th All-Around
1990 GBR-ROM Jr Dual Meet: 1st All-Around
1990 International Mixed Pairs: 6th Team
1990 World Sports Fair: 3rd Vault, 3rd Floor, 7th All-Around
1991 DTB Cup: 1st All-Around, 1st Vault, 1st Uneven Bars, 2nd Beam
1991 GER-ROM Dual Meet: 1st Team, 2nd All-Around
1991 Junior European Championships: 1st Vault, 1st Floor, 2nd Beam, 6th All-Around 1991 World Championships: 1st Vault, 3rd Team, 3rd Beam, 4th Floor, 7th All-Around
1992 Chunichi Cup: 1st All-Around, 1st Vault, 3rd Uneven Bars, 3rd Floor
1992 DTB Cup: 1st Vault, 1st Uneven Bars, 2nd Floor, 3rd All-Around, 3rd Unenven Bars
1992 GER-ROM Dual Meet: 1st Team, 5th All-Around
1992 HUN-ROM Dual Meet: 1st Team, 2nd All-Around
1992 Olympic Games: 1st Vault, 1st Floor, 2nd Team, 3rd All-Around, 4th Uneven Bars, 8th Beam
1992 World Championships: 1st Uneven Bars, 4th Vault, 8th Floor 1993 Birmingham Classics: 1st All-Around
1993 Chunichi Cup: 1st All-Around, 1st Vault, 2nd Beam, 3rd Uneven Bars, 5th Floor
1993 DTB Cup: 1st Vault, 1st Beam, 7th Floor, 8th UB
1993 European Cup: 1st Vault, 1st Uneven Bars, 2nd Floor, 3rd All-Around, 6th Beam 1993 French International: 2nd Vault
1993 Kosice International: 1st All-Around
1993 International Championships of Romania: 1st All-Around, 1st Vault, 1st Uneven Bars, 1st Beam
1993 Romanian Nationals: 1st All-Around, 1st Vault, 1st Beam, 1st Floor, 3rd Uneven Bars
1993 Tokyo Cup: 1st Vault, 2nd Floor, 5th Uneven Bars
1993 World Championships: 1st Beam, 2nd Vault, 5th Floor, 5th Uneven Bars, 8th All-Around 1994 Birmingham Classics: 1st All-Around
1994 Chunichi Cup: 1st Vault, 1st Floor, 2nd All-Around, 2nd Beam, 5th Uneven Bars
1994 European Championships: 1st Team, 1st Vault, 2nd Floor, 3rd Beam, 6th All-Around, 7th Uneven Bars
1994 USA-ROM Dual Meet: 1st Team, 5th All-Around
1994 World Championships: 2nd All-Around, 2nd Floor, 3rd Vault, 5th Beam, 6th Uneven Bars
1994 World Team Championships: 1st Team
1995 Chunichi Cup: 1st All-Around, 1st Floor, 2nd Vault, 2nd Beam, 4th Uneven Bars
1995 DTB Cup: 1st Floor, 2nd Vault, 3rd Uneven Bars, 3rd Beam 1995 Gander Memorial: 1st All-Around
1995 Messe Cup: 1st Team
1995 ROM-GER Dual Meet: 1st Team, 1st All-Around
1995 Romanian National: 1st All-Around
1995 World Championships: 1st Team, 3rd All-Around, 5th Uneven Bars
1996 European Championships: 1st Team, 1st Floor, 3rd All-Around, 4th Uneven Bars 1996 World Championships: 3rd Floor 1996 Olympic Games: 3rd Team, 3rd All-Around, 8th Uneven Bars 1996 Messe Cup: 1st Team

Instead of moving West for a more lucrative opportunity as many of her past teammates did, Lavinia opted to stay in Romania (well, she did perform in the Gold Tour).

She began promoting a number of products, including Lady Speed Stick deodorant. The competitive edge still in her body, she began to take up race car driving in Romania. She competed in her first rally on May 1999, placing 6th.

Gymnastics still very much in her body, she began university in Timisoara, choosing to study sport (with the hopes of becoming an international gymnastics judge) and English. All the while, Milo continued with coaching. Originally coaching younger gymnasts at the grassroots level in her hometown of Lugoj, Milo was eventually lured back to Deva where she worked with the Romanian Junior National Team alongside former teammate Gina Gogean. Milo returned home to Lugoj each weekend to visit friends and family.

Unfortunately, reports of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation failing to pay both Milo and Gogean soon surfaced. Both eventually left their positions at Deva. Milo expressed her frustration to Prosport, "I'm just sitting here, regretting the day when I decided not to go to the US, thinking I could still do something here, in my own country."

On October 23rd, 1999, Milo married her childhood friend, Cosmin Vinatu. According to Prosport, Cosmin is a sergeant major in the police force. The two were childhood friends, but lost touch when Milo moved to Deva. Then, in 1998, Milo was out with her brother and a group of his friends and they ran into Cosmin at a bar. Needless to say, Milo and Cosmin's friendship was renewed. Their wedding took place at the Termal restaurant in Timisoara, with over 350 guests. Milo told Prosport that the couple expected to live in Timisoara after the wedding, though she does own a house in her hometown of Lugoj.

On March 20, 2004, Milo and husband Cosmin were surprised with the early arrival of their first child - daughter Denise Florentina. Born 2 months early, and by Ceasarean section, the baby weighed in at only 1.1 kg and with an Apgar score of 1. Expecting a boy, the couple had chosen the name Denis.

When their young daughter emerged, they modifed the name, to Denise. The middle name Florentina, was chosen because of the upcoming holiday Floriilor (holiday of the flowers). The Godmother is former teammate, Simona Amanar.



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