Mirela Pasca was born in Baia-Mare, Romania. Unlike nearly all of
Romania's elite gymnasts, who leave home at an early age to train
at Deva, Mirela was able to train in her hometown for much of her
elite career. She trained at the Baia-Mari Sport Club, under the
direction of Adriana and Nelu Pop (current coaches of French
sensation, Ludivine Furnon).
Mirela emerged onto the Romanian
elite scene in 1989 at the Romanian National Championships. Up
until the very end of her career, Mirela consistently placed in
the top 10 at major international competitions, but was often
overshadowed by some of her more well known contemporaries (Cristina Bontas,
Lavinia Milosovici, etc.). Uneven bars, her favorite event, was also where she
frequently had her strongest showing, including a tie for first
place at the 1990 European Championships. Interestingly, this win represented
the first time that Romania's new national anthem (following Romania's 1989
Revolution) was played in a gymnastics competition. Because of her success
on the uneven bars, Mirela was often referred to as a bars
specialist by many commentators.
After 12 years in the sport of
gymnastics, Mirela retired. Her final competition appears to have
been the 1992 DTB Cup following the Olympics in which she
finished 12th, only competing on UB and BB and taking 0's on her
other two events. Soon after she retired due to a hand injury,
and spent some time coaching in Spain. Perhaps to fulfill her
listed interests of music and dance, Mirela returned to Romania to train with
the Romanian National Aerobics team. At the same time she coached at her home
club, CSS Baia Mare.
(April 18, 2000). Mirela continues to live in Romania. She and her
boyfriend were recently spotted in the crowd of fans at the 2000 Romanian
(April 1, 2001). Mirela is now back coaching in Spain.
Pasca was born on February 19,
. This page was created on May 6, 1999 and last updated on April 1, 2001.