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Cristina Grigoraş
Grigoras with her medals

Full name

Cristina Elena Grigoraş

Country represented

Flag of Romania.png Romania


February 11 1966 (1966-02-11) (age 55)

Years on National Team



CSS Cetate Deva


Adrian Goreac, Adrian Stan, Maria Cosma and Octavian Belu
Bela & Marta Karolyi (former)

Current status


Cristina Elena Grigoraş (born 11 February 1966) is a retired Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a two-time Olympic medalist with the team (gold in 1984 and silver in 1980). Individually, she won four medals (vault, all around, uneven bars and floor) at the 1981 European Championships. She is best known for a skill on the balance beam named after her: forward salto tucked with ½ twists (180°) take of from both legs.

Gymnastics Career

Grigoraş trained at CSS Cetate Deva with Márta and Béla Károlyi until their defection to USA in 1981 and with coaches Adrian Goreac, Adrian Stan, Maria Cosma and Octavian Belu after 1981.

1980 and the Olympic Games

Her senior debut in an international event was at the 1980 Italian-Romanian meet where she placed first with the team and second all-around. Her participation at the 1980 World Cup in Toronto brought her a bronze medal on vault. She also placed fourth all around ahead of team mate Emilia Eberle, fifth on floor and eight on balance beam. Together with Nadia Comăneci, Rodica Dunca, Emilia Eberle, Melita Ruhn and Dumitriţa Turner, Grigoraş was a member of the silver medaled team at the 1980 Olympics. At these Olympic games she did not compete in any individual final event.


At the 1981 European Championships Madrid Spain, Cristina medaled in all events except the balance beam. She won silver in the all around behind Maxi Gnauck, gold on vault, silver on uneven bars, bronze on floor and she placed eight on beam. Her results in the all around and the events finals were the highest among her team members. In 1981 she also won the Champions All Trophy and was a team member at the 1981 World Championships in Moscow. At these World Championships she placed fourth with the team and fifth in the all around and uneven bars events. Once again her result in the all around was the highest among the Romanian team.

1982-1984 and the Olympic Games

In 1982 Grigoraş did not compete at all. She came back into the gymnastics events in 1983, but she was only an alternate in the team at the 1983 World Championships. In 1984 she won several medals for all around at some minor international events. In 1984 Grigoraş went with the team in Los Angeles to compete at the 1984 Olympic Games. The other members of the team were Lavinia Agache, Laura Cutina, Simona Păucă, Mihaela Stănuleţ, and Ecaterina Szabo. She contributed to the team gold medal and she placed eight in the preliminaries of the all around event.


Her last event appears to be the 1985 Dutch Romanian meet. After retirement, Grigoraş went to Athens, Greece to coach gymnastics.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1980 Italian-Romanian Friendly 1st 2nd
Toronto World Cup Final 4 3rd 8 5
Moscow Olympic Games 2nd
1981 Madrid European Championships 2nd 1st 2nd 8 3rd
Romanian International 1st
Champions All Trophy 1st
Moscow World Championships 4 5 5
1984 Hungarian International 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st
Los Angeles Olympic Games 1st

Floor Music

1984 - "Preludium Cmi" by Om

European Vault Champions
Larisa Latynina • Natalia Kot • Ute Starke • Solveig Egman • Věra ČáslavskáKarin JanzLudmilla TourischevaLudmilla Tourischeva | Angelika Hellmann • Nellie KimNadia ComăneciCristina GrigoraşOlga BicherovaElena ShushunovaSvetlana BoginskayaTatiana GutsuLavinia MiloşoviciSimona Amânar • Adrienn Varga • Simona AmânarNatalia ZiganshinaMonica RoşuFrancesca Benolli • Anna Grudko • Carlotta Giovannini • Oksana ChusovitinaAriella KaeslinEkaterina KurbatovaSandra IzbaşaGiulia SteingruberMaria PasekaGiulia SteingruberColine DevillardBoglárka DévaiMaria PasekaZsófia KovácsGiulia Steingruber