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                 Oana Ban


Name: Oana Mihaela   BAN       

Nickname:Banutz

Date of Birth:11-Jan-1986  
Place of Birth
:Cluj-Napoca     
Hometown
:Cluj-Napoca (ROM)

Gender:Female   
Height
:139.ocm/ 4.6ft    
Weight:36.0kg/ 79.4lb.

Marital Status:single   Children:none    Profession:student

Start discipline:1990   
First Int.Event:2000  Nat.team since:       Club:Cluj

Head coach: Octavian Belu  
Assistant coach
:Sandu Lucian   
Choreographer:Maria Bitang

Best apparatus/cat. Beam, Floor   
Music
#1 : La Banuba

          Major achievements

Cat. Rank-F Score-F Rank-Q Score-Q Year Place Description
All Around        3   37.975 2004 ATHENS Olympics
Team     1 114.283     1 152.436 2004 ATHENS Olympics
All Around     6  37.262   14 36.199 2003 ANAHEIM World
Champion.
Team     2 110.833     2 148.120 2003 ANAHEIM World
Champion.
Balance
Beam
    2     9.475     2003 STUTTGART World
Cup/Series
Floor
Exercise
    5     8.812     2003 STUTTGART World Cup/Series
Balance
Beam
    5     8.325    5     9.125 2003 Paris World Cup/Series
Floor Exercise     6     8.975    6     9.100 2003 Paris World Cup/Series
Balance
Beam
    2     8.762    8     8.500 2003 Cottbus World Cup/Series
Floor Exercise     6     8.975    8     9.050 2003 Cottbus World Cup/Series
Balance
Beam
    1     9.325    7     9.100 2003 THESSALONIKI World Cup/Series
Floor Exercise     3     9.225    5     9.100 2003 THESSALONIKI World Cup/Series
Balance
Beam
    2     9.350    4     9.287 2002  DEBRECEN World
Champion
Floor Exercise    4     9.275     5     9.337 2002  DEBRECEN World
Champion

General Interest
Oana Ban helps the Romanian team to the Olympic title in 2004 ! She was a favorite for the All Around event as well, but had to withdraw due to an injury.
Oana was first selected in the national junior team in 1999. She had success in winning the Top Gym tournament and Junior Cup in Zoetermeer, Holland.
In 2001 she earned 5 medals in the Junior Olympic at Murcia, Spain. However, she missed the 16 y.o. age limit to go to the Ghent World Championships by 11 days.
In 2002, she made it to the senior national team under coaches Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang. As many members in the team, she had to overcome some injury problems but she managed to compete brilliantly at the Debrecen World Championships, getting a silver medal on beam and a 4th place on floor.
Small but powerful, Oana has a friendly reputation. She was a leader in the Romanian team and the Olympic Games 2004 were the ultimate goal .

Her leizure includes puzzles, computer and drawing Walt Disney characters. Quite an artistic person !
FAVORITE EVENT: Beam
HOBBIES
: making puzzles, drawing cartoons, playing on gameboy and computer
GYMNAST: Nadia Comaneci
FOOD
: Legume soup, pizza, clatites
COLOR
: Gray, blue, black

Skills

VT: tucked 1/1 Lucconi = 9.8 SV [2004 Romanian Nationals]

UB: jump to handstand, clear hip shoot (D + C = .2); kip, cast to handstand, giant 1 1/2 to mixed L-grip, front giant full to mixed L-grip, Jaeger (D + C + D = .4); kip, cast to handstand, overshoot to handstand, toe-shoot to high bar (D + C = .2); kip, cast to handstand, giant 1/1, Tkatchev (C + D = .2); kip, cast to handstand, giant, giant, tucked full-in (D = .1) = 9.9 SV [2004 Romanian International]

BB: flip flop, flip flop, 2 foot layout (B + B + D = .2); front aerial (D = .1); punch front, back handspring, back pike (D + B + C = .3); full turn; switch leap, 1-armed flip flop, layout stepout (C + C + C = .2); switch side leap (D = .1); flip flop, flip flop, double tuck (B + B + D = .2) = 9.9 SV [2004 Blume Memorial]

FX: double turn, tuck jump 2/1 (C + D = .2); roundoff, flip flop, double arabian (E = .2); Gogean, Popa (D + C = .2); cat leap 2/1 (D = .1); roundoff, flip flop, tucked full-in (E = .2); switch leap, split leap; roundoff, whip, whip, flip flop, double pike (A + A through to D = .2) = 9.9 SV [2004 Romanian Nationals]
 

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[24.09] Oana Ban says Good Bye! to gymnastics
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Romanian Gymnastics team-reception at Governement

[Jan 04] Oana Ban, among Top Personalities in Cluj & Romania!
Oana Ban, former member of Romanian Athens Olympic Gold Team, was named among Top Personalities of the Year by the weekly "Clujeanul" which appears in Cluj (Oana's hometown).

Oana have won the second place, after Mr.Boc, the new Mayor of Cluj and new leader of the ruling party (and former Opposition candidate, one which Oana have voted and supported, according to press interviews before and during elections).



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