Andreea Cacovean (ROM)
Cacovean at the
1995 Trophee Massilia.
Photo used with the expressed permission
of Caroline Paulian
1992 Junior Team Championships
1993 Jr. European Championships: 2nd AA, 3rd V, 1st UB,
2nd BB, 3rd FX
1993 World Championships: 6th AA (prelims), 3rd UB
1994 French Internationa'l
1994 USA vs ROM: 1st T, 14th FX
1995 World Championships: 1st T
1995 Romanian National Championships: 1st T, 3rd AA, 1st
UB, 3rd BB
1995 ITA vs ESP vs ROM vs BLR: 1st T, 3rd AA
1995 Trinacria Cup: 2nd AA, 1st UB, 1st BB
1995 Trophee Massilia
The majority of these
results were compiled from information found at Gymn
Andreea Cacovean's career was painfully short, but in the limited
time that she competed, she completely captured my attention.
clearly pegged for success at a young age -- if you look closely, you will see that she is
shown in the 1987 documentary, Romanian Dream. Andreea's
early results in gymnastics competition certainly did not disappoint. At
the 1993 World Championships -- her first major international
competition as a senior -- she placed sixth after prelims!
Unfortunately, because of the "two per country" rule, poor
Andreea failed to qualify to the AA finals (teamates Lavinia Milosovici and Gina Gogean placed
2nd and 4th in the prelims, respectively).
Event finals proved brighter for Andreea, where she medalled on bars - traditionally Romania's weakest event.
Things seemed to slowly
fall apart for Andreea following the 1993 World
Championships. Fellow teammate Nadia Hatagan rose to
prominence the following year, forcing Andreea down the
ranks. I have heard whisperings that Belu did not have
the fondest of feelings for her. Indeed, Andreea was
hardly a 'robot' gymnast, openly questionning Belu (e.g.,
she seemed to openly defy/refute Belu after her floor
performance at the 1994 USA vs ROM dual
meet...incidentally, she used Silivas' 1989 FX music at
Unfortunately, in the
years to come, Andreea suffered a series of back
problems. By 1996 is became evident that she would have
to miss the Olympics. As though that were bad enough, she
was told that her back could take fully two years to
heal. All of the girls at Deva are given the opportunity
to stay at Deva and finish high school, even if their
gymnastics careers end. Andreea opted to do this, and she
began assisting the juniors on the team. According to the
June 1997 issue of Gym
Stars, many of the girls that
she helped coach represented Romania at the 1997
European Youth Olympic Games in Lisbon, Portugal.
(December 13, 1999). Although the January 1999 issue of IG reported
that Cacovean was studying at the University of Timisoara, the Romanian newspaper
ProSport reported in the fall of 1999 that Cacovean has been a student at the Cluj Sports University since
1997. Her ultimate goal is to become an aerobics instructor, and ProSport
explained that this past Spring (1999), Andreea got a lost closer to her goal.
Filomena Vaida, a former volleyball player and now head of the aerobics
department at the university, asked Andreea to help with the establishment of
an aerobics club for children. Andreea explained to ProSport, "I
wanted to coach aerobic gymnastics...most of our gymnasts are involved in
artistic gymnastics, and there are basically no junior competitors in
aerobics." Unfortunately, following a couple of misunderstandings
and disagreements, Andreea was forced to quit her job.
At the same time, she
was forced to move out of the dorms because there were not enough rooms for
all of the students, and the students who are competiting for the university
(in sports like volleyball and basketball), get priority. Andreea is currently
living with a local family, but she and her parents cannot afford the rent for
long. Andreea voiced her opinion about these disappointments to ProSport,
"I could have gone to school anywhere I wanted: Bucharest, Brasov,
Timisoara or Bacau. All of those schools accepted me with open arms. I decided
to come to Cluj because it's closer to home, but now I regret making that
appear to be turning around for Andreea. She was recently offered a coaching
position in the Netherlands. "If I can leave, I hope I can find a
good place where I can work. Actually, most of my former teammates left
Romania to coach, and they're doing just fine. I hope I can do the same,"
she told ProSport. Best of luck Andreea, you deserve
(December 17, 2000). Andreea's Dutch offer fell through, but things are
looking up for her in Romania. According to Monitorul de Cluj,
a new gymnastics club will be built in Cimpia Turzi. Andreea has been
named head coach of the future women's program.
was born on September 15, 1978
thanks to Ioana Jadic for providing and translating Romanian Prosport
and Monitorul de Cluj articles.
. This page was created May 27, 1999 and last updated October 2002.