Angela Ghimpu (ROM)
1993 Balkan Championships: 1st T
1994 USA vs ROM: 1st T, 6th AA
1994 Goodwill Games: 2nd T, 13th AA
1994 Swiss Cup: 2nd V, 1st BB
1994 Grand Prix Rome: 2nd AA
1994 DTB Cup: 4th V, 7th B, 6th BB
Angela Ghimpu was
born on January 24, 1978 in Marasesti, Romania, site of a famous WWII battle.
She began gymnastics in 1983, at CSS Focsani under the guidance of Tatiana and
Sergiu Popa. At the relatively late age of 15, Angela
found herself representing Romania for the first time. At these 1993 Balkan
Championships, Angela and her teammates predictably captured gold in the team
In 1994 the USA
invited Romania to compete in a dual meet. Angela was not originally scheduled
to compete, but at the last minute a member of the planned competitive line up
was pulled and Angela was chosen as the replacement. Octavian Belu apparently
spent 7.5 hours waiting in the Washington Dulles airport with Angela for
authorities to issue her a last minute VISA.
Angela had the meet
of her life in the USA, exceeding Belu's expectations - not an easy thing to
do! Her floor exercise, performed to Axel f (theme from Beverly
Hills Cop), hinted of the originality that had been missing in much
gymnastics for some time. Her performances paid off, and she was
assigned to several important competitions later that year including grand
prix events and the Goodwill Games.
individual medals were won at the 1994 Swiss Cup (1st BB, 2nd V) and 1994 Rome
Grand Prix (2nd AA). In late 1994/early 1995 a serious bout of pneumonia took
her out of competition for some time, after which she was never able to regain
competitive form. She retired, a great shame because her routines were
anything but stock.
Unlike many of her
former teammates, Angela remained in Romania for many years. She's spotted at
many local competitions, including the 2000 Romanian International, at which
she sported jet black hair - quite a different
look from her competitive days!
Angela is now married to a fellow Romanian. The couple live in Italy.
. This page was created on April 22, 2001 and last updated August 26