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Mirela Paşca
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Paşca at the 1991 World Championships

Full name

Mirela Ana Paşca

Country represented

Flag of Romania.png Romania

Born

February 19 1975 (1975-02-19) (age 46)
Baia Mare, Maramureș County, Romania

Coaches

Adriana and Nelu Pop

Current status

Retired

 Mirela Paşca (b. February 19, 1975 in Baia Mare, Romania) is a retired Romanian artistic gymnast who represented Romania at the 1991 and 1992 World Championships and the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. Her best event was the uneven bars.

Career

Paşca began gymnastics at the age of 5 years old at the Baia Mare Sports Club. She joined the Romanian National Team in 1990. At the 1990 European Championships she won a gold medal on the uneven bars tying with two Soviet gymnasts, Svetlana Boguinskaya and Natalia Kalinina. The next year she made the Romanian World Championships team where she helped the team win a bronze medal in the team competition. Individually Paşca placed 8th in the all-around and tied for 4th on uneven bars with Henrietta Ónodi. In 1992 she represented Romania at the World Championships where she won a bronze medal on the uneven bars. Later that year Paşca was named to the Romanian Olympic team. In Barcelona she helped her team win a silver medal in the team competition. Individually, she advanced to the uneven bars final where she tied for 4th with teammate Lavinia Miloşovici and North Korean Kim Gwang-Suk. 

Post-retirement

Following her retirement in 1992 she earned a degree in physical education and sports at the Bucharest Ecological University. During her studies she competed as a member of the university's aerobic gymnastics team. Following graduation she continued with aerobic gymnastics, competing as a pair with her future husband Octavian Romas. In 1996 they won a silver medal for mixed pairs Romanian National Championship as well as an individual silver medal. The following year Paşca moved to Spain to coach artistic gymnastics at the Real Grupo de Cultura Covadonga club. In 2006 she returned to Romania and opened a fitness and aerobic club. 

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1990 Romanian International 1st
Brussels World Cup Final 7 2nd 3rd
Athens European Championships 5 1st
1991 Arthur Gander Memorial 2nd
Indianapolis World Championships 3rd 8 4
1992 Paris World Championships 3rd
Barcelona Olympic Games 2nd 4

Floor Music

1991-1992 - "Captain of her Heart"


European Uneven Bars Champions
Larisa LatyninaPolina Astakhova • Thea Belmer • Věra ČáslavskáKarin JanzTamara LazakovichLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciNadia Comăneci | Elena MukhinaElena MukhinaMaxi GnauckEcaterina SzaboElena Shushunova | Oksana OmelianchikDaniela SilivaşHenrietta ÓnodiSvetlana Boginskaya | Natalia Kalinina | Mirela PaşcaTatiana GutsuSvetlana KhorkinaSvetlana Khorkina | Simona Amânar | Lilia PodkopayevaSvetlana KhorkinaÉmilie Le PennecBeth TweddleDariya ZgobaKsenia SemenovaBeth TweddleViktoria KomovaAliya MustafinaBecky DownieDaria SpiridonovaBecky DownieNina DerwaelAnastasiya IlyankovaZsófia KovácsAngelina Melnikova
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