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               GABRIELA POTORAC

Nick name:GABI
Date of birth 06-Feb-1973
Gender Female
Height   Weight
Marital status
Place of birth: Bacau
Hometown:.../ JAPAN
Profession Coach
Start discipline: 1978
First int. event
Nat. team since
Club: Sport Club Bacau
Head coach: marina and Mircea Bibire
Assistant coach
Best apparatus/cat.
Favourite tricks: beam            Personal tricks TRA
highest score
Music #1                      Author #1
General Interest
Gabriela Potorac had a big agility for bars resulted with a lot of medals, but ended with best scores on beam, thinking at her bronze medals at 1988 Seoul Olympics and Suttgart World Championships.

Parents are Vasile and Virgina Potorac.
Gabriela has 2 older brothers: Vasile & Culita, an older sister Marinela and a younger sister Camelia.
Retired in 1989 at the age of 16
Last heard she was living in Tokyo, Japan

Potorac enjoyed strong performances in Seoul. While the Romanian team was devastated not to place first as a team, as they had in Rotterdam at the 87 World Championships, Potorac was the second strongest Romanian competitor after the two day's of competition (team compulsories and team optionals), earning herself a spot in the all around competition. She was strong again in the all around, placing a surprising fourth. Potorac capped off the Games with two medals in the event finals, a silver on vault (oddly, her weakest event in the AA!) and a bronze on medal (tied with Phoebe Mills of the USA).

After retiring, Potorac began studies at the Sports University in Bucharest and coached at Tirumf Bucharest. In 1993 she moved to Japan to coach, eventually marrying a Japanese fellow. The two have since divorced. Potorac still lives in Japan, where she continues to work as a coach.
At the 2000 Chunichi Cup she served as a Japanese-Romanian translator

Cat. Rank-F Score-F Rank-Q Score-Q Year Place Description

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Olympic Games

1986 Leningrad Internationa, Leningrad, Russia: 2nd AA
1986 Stars of the World, Moscow, Russia: 2nd FX, 3rd VT
1986 Jr ROM vs FRA: 1st Team, 2nd AA
1986 Jr Europeans, Karlsruhek, Germany: 3rd UB, 4th FX, 4th VT, 6th AA
1986 Goodwill Games, Moscow, Russia: 4th AA, 4th Team, 4th VT, 5th UB, 7th FX
1986 Catania Cup, Catania, Italy: 1st AA
1987 Cottbus Cup, Cottbus, Germany: 1st AA
1987 Kosice International, Kosice, Czechoslovakia: 1st UB, 2nd AA, 2nd FX, 4th BB, 5th VT
1987 Jr Balkan Championships: 1st AA, 1st UB, 1st BB
1988 American Cup, Fairfax, VA, USA: 5th AA
1988 International Mixed Pairs, Bethlehem, PA, USA: 3rd AA
1988 ROM-CZE-SUI: 3rd AA
1988 Cottbus Cup, Cottbus, Germany: 1st UB, 2nd AA
1988 Jr Europeans, Avignon, France: 1st BB, 2nd AA, 2nd UB, 3rd FX, 4th VT
1988 Olympics, Seoul, Korea: 2nd Team, 2nd VT, 2nd BB, 4th AA
1988 Balkan Championships: 1st AA, 1st Team
1988 Arthur Gander Memorial: 1st AA
1988 Joaquin Blume Memorial: 2nd AA 1988 Swiss Cup: 1st AA
1989 ROM vs CZE: 1st Team, 3rd AA
1989 Europeans, Brussels, Belgium: 1st BB, 4th AA, 4th UB
1989 World Championships, Stuttgart, Germany: 2nd Team, 3rd BB, 5th UB, 6th VT, 16th AA
1990 Dutch Open, Den Haag, Netherlands: 18th AA

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