Raluca Bugner (ROM)

1983 International Japan Junior: 4th AA, 1st V, 1st UB
1983 Sendai Championships: 2nd AA
1984 Moscow Stars: 6th AA, 3rd UB
1984 Riga International: 6th AA
1984 Junior European Championships: 7th AA, 3rd V, 5th BB, 8th FX
1984 Avignon International: 1st AA

Results courtesy of Seether's Romanian Gymnastic Page

Without doubt, the two most promising Romanian juniors being groomed for glory in the 1985-1988 Olympic cycle were Daniela Silivas and Raluca Bugner. Both girls debuted at the prestigious International Japan Junior Invitational in 1983.

In 1984 Raluca competed at the Moscow Stars and Riga International competitions, finishing a respectable and consistent 6th AA at each and grabbing the bronze on bars at Moscow Stars. That year would prove to be a fruitful one for Raluca. She went on to win the Avignon International, place in the top ten at Junior Euros, and qualify to three of four event finals at Junior Euros. The future seemed very bright for Raluca....

Raluca Bugner coaches Sabina Cojocar 
Screen grab courtesy of Digital Gymnastics

Sadly, Raluca vanished just as she began to prove herself. I presume she suffered a career ending injury, but I have no confirmation of this. Although unable to compete herself, Raluca redirected her talents towards judging, e.g., bars at the 1997 Romanian Nationals, and coaching Romania's younger gymnasts. She currently coaches at CSS Sibiu, home club of 2000 Olympian Claudia Presacan and 2000 Junior AA European Champion Sabina Cojocar.

Many thanks to Ioana Jadic for informing me of Bugner's whereabouts.

. This page was created on June 12, 2000.

 

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