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Gabriela Potorac
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Country represented

Flag of Romania.png Romania

Born

February 6 1973 (1973-02-06) (age 48)
Bacău, Moldavia, Romania

Coach(es)

Mircea Bibire

Current status

Retired

Gabriela Potorac (born February 6, 1973 in Bacău, Romania) is a former artistic gymnast from Romania, who was a member of the 1988 Romanian Olympic team and 1989 European balance beam champion. Her best event was balance beam. 

Career

Potorac began gymnastics in 1978 when she was discovered as a young child at school. She began training as CS Bacău and eventually moved to Deva while still in elementary school. Potorac began competing internationally in 1986. At the 1986 Junior European Championships she came in 6th in the all-around and won a bronze medal on uneven bars. That year she also represented Romania at the first Goodwill Games where she placed 4th all-around and with the team and advanced to three event finals. In 1987 she won the gold medal in the all-around at the Cottbus Cup.

Potorac was still age-eligible to compete as a junior in 1988 so she was sent to the Junior European Championships in Avignon, France. Here she won a gold medal on balance beam, silver medals in the all-around and on uneven bars, a bronze medal on floor exercise and a fourth place finish on vault. Potorac's performance earned her a spot on the 1988 Romanian Olympic Team. In Seoul she helped the Romanian team win a silver medal in the team competition. Individually Potorac qualified to the all-around final as well as the vault and balance beam final. Potorac placed a surprising 4th in the all-around final and won a silver medal on vault and a bronze medal on balance beam, tying with American Phoebe Mills.  

Going into 1989 Potorac was a favorite to win the European all-around title. Despite this, she failed to medal in the all-around. She did however win a gold medal on the balance beam. Later that year Potorac competed in the 1989 World Championships. Here she had what was considered to be a somewhat disappointing performance, based on prior expectations, placing 16th in the all-around, 6th on vault, 5th on uneven bars and a bronze medal finish on balance beam. 

Potorac retired after the Dutch Open in 1990. Following retirement she attended the Sports University in Bucharest and then coached at Triumf Bucharest. In 1993 she moved to Japan to coach. 

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1986 Junior European Championships 6 4 3rd 4
Moscow Goodwill Games 4 4 5 7
1987 Cottbus Cup 1st
Junior Balkan Championships 1st 1st 1st
1988 Arthur Gander Memorial 1st
Cottbus Cup 2nd 1st
McDonald's American Cup 5
Balkan Championships 1st 1st
Junior European Championships 2nd 4 2nd 1st 3rd
Seoul Olympic Games 2nd 4 2nd 3rd
1989 Brussels European Championships 4 4 1st
Stuttgart World Championships 2nd 16 6 5 3rd

Floor Music

1988 - "Cirocirlia" by Gheorghe Zamfir

1989 - "Show Me"


European Balance Beam Champions
Larisa LatyninaVěra ČáslavskáPolina Astakhova • Eva Rydell • Věra ČáslavskáKarin JanzTamara LazakovichLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciElena MukhinaNatalia ShaposhnikovaMaxi GnauckLavinia AgacheOksana OmelianchikDaniela SilivaşGabriela Potorac | Olesya DudnikSvetlana BoginskayaGina GogeanRoza GaliyevaYevgeniya KuznetsovaSvetlana KhorkinaLudmila EzhovaCătălina PonorYulia LozhechkoKsenia SemenovaYana DemyanchukAmelia RaceaAnna DementyevaCătălina PonorLarisa IordacheMaria KharenkovaAndreea MunteanuAliya MustafinaCătălina PonorSanne WeversAlice KinsellaLarisa IordacheMélanie de Jesus Dos Santos


European Junior Balance Beam Champions
Natasha Karamushka • Ecaterina SzaboOlga Mostepanova | Tunde Zsilinszki • Daniela SilivaşSvetlana BoginskayaGabriela PotoracRoza Galiyeva • Elodie Lussac • Alexandra MarinescuOlga RoschupkinaSabina Cojocar | Silvia Stroescu • Florica Leonida • Alina Stanculescu • Daria Elizarova • Viktoria KomovaMaria KharenkovaAngelina MelnikovaAnastasiya IlyankovaGiorgia VillaAna Maria Bărbosu
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