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First int. event
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Favourite tricks: beam Personal tricks
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1979 Int'l Jr Meet, Yokohama, Japan: 1st BB, 2nd All-Around, 3rd FX
1979 ROM vs GBR: 1st Team, 5th All-Around
1979 World Championships, Fort Worth, TX, USA: 1st Team, 5th All-Around 1980 ROM vs GBR: 1st Team, 5th All-Around
1980 Champions All: 1st All-Around
1980 Olympics, Moscow, Russia: 2nd Team, 7th All-Around
1981 Europeans, Madrid, Spain: 3rd BB, 4th All-Around, 7th VT
1981 World Championships, Moscow, Russia: 4th Team, 5th FX, 6th All-Around, 8th BB
1982 World Cup, Zagreb, Croatia: 14th All-Around
Rodica's last major competition was the 1982 World Cup, after which she announced her retirement. According to World Gymnastics magazine, Rodica had her misgivings and resumed training shortly thereafter.
Instead of training with the rest of the National team though, she chose to return to CSS Baia Mare and train with her original coach, Elena Marinescu. Unfortunately, Rodica's comeback proved short lived and she resumed concentration on her correspondance studies through the College of Physical Education of Bucharest.
In their July 1987 update about the Romanian women's 1979 World team members, International Gymnast magazine reported that Rodica had met and married Zoltan Papp, a choreographer for the Baia Mare Theater. Rodica was working on the technical team for CSS Baia Mare, the sports club at which she began her gymnastics career. In this role she was responsible for scouting new talent.
Rodica is currently coaching at CSS Baia Mare. In response to the Raducan drug scandle at the 2000 Olympics, Rodica proclaimed to Andreea Raducan, "You're our champion, regardless of what happens!"
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.