Whatever Happened to
Teodora Ungureanu?

Ungureanu's
Competitive Results:

1971 Romanian Championships (Category III): 1st T, 1st AA
1972 Championships of the Republic for Juniors (Category II): 1st T
1972 Cup of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation (Category II): 1st T, 5th AA
1973 ITA-ROM Dual Meet: 1st T
1973 Junior Friendship Tournament (Druzhba): 3rd T, 8th AA, 4th UB, 2nd BB
1973 Romanian Junior Championships (Category I): 1st T, 1st AA
1973 Schools Championships (Category I): 1st AA
1974 Junior Friendship Tournament (Druzhba): 1st T, 2nd AA, 1st UB, 1st BB
1974 Romanian Junior Championships (Category I): 2nd AA
1975 Balkan Championships: 2nd AA
1975 Championships of the Republic: 2nd AA
1975 Japan Cup: 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB
1975 International Japan Junior Invitational: 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st FX
1975 Pre-Olympics: 2nd B, 3rd AA, 3rd FX, 4th UB
1975 Romanian Championships: 1st Team, 2nd AA, 2nd V, 2nd UB, 2nd B, 1st FX
1975 World Cup: 6th AA, 4th V, 6th BB, 2nd FX
1976 Calgary Int'l: 1st V, 1st UB, 1st BB, 1st FX
1976 Champions All: 1st AA
1976 Chunichi Cup: 2nd AA
1976 FRG vs. ROM: 1st T, 2nd AA

1976 GBR vs. ROM: 1st T, 2nd AA
1976 HOL vs. ROM: 1st Team, 2nd AA
1976 Milan Grand Prix: 1st AA
1976 Milk Meet: 1st AA
1976 Olympics: 2nd T, 4th AA, 2nd UB, 3rd BB
1976 Romanian Championships: 2nd AA
1976 USA vs. ROM: 1st Team, 2nd AA
1977 Champions All: 1st AA
1977 European Championships: 4th AA, 8th V, 7th UB
1977 FRA vs. ROM: 1st T, 2nd AA
1977 International Championships of Romania: 2nd AA
1977 Orleans International: 2nd AA
1977 Romanian International: 2nd AA
1978 Coca Cola International: 1st AA
1978 FRG-ROM Dual Meet: 1st Team, 2nd AA
1978 Romanian Championships: 2nd AA
1978 World Championships: 2nd Team
1979 Coupe de Geneve: 6th AA
1979 Hungarian International: 2nd AA
1979 University Games: 3rd T, 1st AA, 1st UB, 1st BB, 3rd FX

These results were compiled from information found at Gymn Forum,
Seether's Romanian Gymnastics and the Dynamic Gymnastics website


Teodora Ungureanu arrived at Bela and Marta Karolyi's gymnastics school somewhat later than the girls who originally joined the school, having already trained in Bucharest. Teodora's level of skill impressed Bela, encouraging him to train his younger girls at a much more serious pace than had historically been the case. 

In 1975, Karolyi traveled to Paris with Teodora and Nadia Comaneci, hoping to introduce the girls to the World elite gymnastics scene. Unfortunately for Teodora, Bela chose Nadia to perform over Teodora...and it was Nadia who captured the people's hearts and praise. For many years to come, Teodora was forced to perform in Nadia's shadow.

A terrific gymnast in her own right, Teodora nevertheless went on to earn an enormous number of medals and titles. Indeed, based on her Olympic performances, she was later awarded a Master of Sports Certificate from the National Council of Physical Education and Sport in Bucharest.

Teodora's final competition appears to have been the 1979 World University Games, where she took gold in the AA. Following these Games, Teodora earned a diploma from the Bucharest Institute in Physical Education and Sport with a major in gymnastics. She married Romanian gymnast Sorin Cepoi, and by 1984 the two were working together as part of the Troupe Cornea traveling circus. Teodora and Sorin travelled extensively with this circus, including internationally to Finland. The two also welcomed a daughter, Adriana, into the world.

Teodora Ungureanu
Photo used with the expressed permission of Teodora and the Dynamic Gymnastics Club.

Teodora and her family eventually left Romania for France. Both Teodora and Sorin are certified coaches of gymnastics, and Teodora also has an International Gymnastics Official's Rating and has judged competitions. The two coached in France for 8 years, during which tme they were the head coaches at La Grenobloise, a gym which won 2nd place in the team division at the French Nationals for four years. One of their pupil's, Chloe Maigre, represented France at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

In 1993, Teodora and her family left France for the USA. She and Sorin accepted coaching positions at Gymcats in Ardsley, NY. The two are now the directors of the Dynamic Gymnastics club in Bedford, NY. Their gymnasts have done quite well. One of their former students, Kristen Bloom, is attending the University of Utah. Another, Brooke Hamilton, competed in JO Nationals.

Update (June, 2001). Teodora was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. "I never dreamed that America would become by home or that I would be also deeply honored by fellow competitors in the sport that I love," Teodora told IG magazine.

. This page was created on May 16, 1999 and last updated on December 22, 1999.

 

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