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Silvia Stroescu
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Stroescu at the 2004 Olympic Games

Full name

Silvia Alexandra Stroescu

Country represented

Flag of Romania.png Romania


May 8 1985 (1985-05-08) (age 36)
Bucharest, Wallachia, Romania

Years on National Team



CSS Steaua Bucharest


Octavian Belu & Mariana Bitang
Angela Cacovean (former)

Current status


Silvia Alexandra Stroescu (b. May 8, 1985 in Bucharest, Romania) is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is an Olympic, world, and European gold medalist with the team.

Early Life and Career

She was one of the most successful junior gymnast of her generation. The major achievements of her junior years were the win of the prestigious Top Gym Trophy (1998) and of four medals (two gold and two silver) at the 2000 Junior European Gymnastics Championships. At these championships she won gold on floor (9.725), tied for gold on balance beam with Sabina Cojocar (9.6), earned a share of the Romanian team's silver medal, and placed second all-around (37.973) behind teammate Sabina Cojocar. Initially, Stroescu did not qualify for the all around event due to the two-per-country rule, having achieved the third qualification score among her teammates. But, in the all around final she replaced Carmen Ionescu who withdrew in her favor.

Senior Career

Her senior debut at a major international event was at the 2001 World Championships. Here she contributed to Romania’s sixth team title by competing on beam and uneven bars. Individually, she placed eleventh all around and seventh on floor. Later that year she won the mixed pair Swiss Cup event together with Marian Drǎgulescu. In the period 2002-2003 she did not make the team for major international events but she competed at the national championships and at some friendly international competitions. After being sidelined for two years she joined the team for the 2004 European Championships where she contributed to the team title. Just weeks before the 2004 Olympic games she decided to give up gymnastics being disappointed for not making the Olympic team. However, her disappointment was short lived and she returned to replace an injured Aura Andreea Munteanu. Stroescu went to Athens and was part of an immensely successful Romanian women's gymnastics team (four golds, one silver and one bronze in six events) that also included Oana Ban, Monica Roşu, Catalina Ponor, Daniela Sofronie and Alexandra Eremia. Though the team members were less experienced than most of their rivals, the Romanians hit every routine to take the team gold by a comfortable margin. World champions USA were second, and the Russians, led by Svetlana Khorkina, took the bronze.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1998 Top Gym Trophy 1st
2000 Hungarian International 2nd
Paris Junior European Championships 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
2001 Ghent World Championships 1st 11 7
Swiss Cup 1st
Arthur Gander Memorial 3rd
Romanian International 2nd
Massilia Gym Cup 3rd
Romanian National Championships 1st
2003 Romanian National Championships 5 3rd
2004 Amsterdam European Championships 1st
Athens Olympic Games 1st
Romanian National Championships 6

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

European Junior Floor Exercise Champions
Natasha Karamushka • Ecaterina SzaboEcaterina Szabo | Elena Shushunova | Valentina Shkoda • Tatiana FrolovaOlga Strazheva | Aleftina Pryakhina • Svetlana Ivanova • Lavinia Miloşovici • Elodie Lussac • Claudia PresăcanViktoria KarpenkoTatyana Yarosh | Andreea IsărescuSilvia Stroescu • Mirabella Akhunu • Steliana Nistor • Aluissa Lacusteanu • Anastasia Grishina | Larisa IordacheMaria KharenkovaCatherine LyonsDenisa GolgotaIoana StanciulescuAna Maria Bărbosu

Romanian National All-Around Champions
Elena Ceampelea • Anca Grigoraș • Nadia Comăneci • Cristina Itu • Emilia EberleLavinia AgacheEcaterina SzaboDaniela Silivaş | Ecaterina SzaboDaniela SilivaşCristina BontaşLavinia MiloşoviciSimona AmânarMaria OlaruSimona Amânar | Andreea RăducanSabina Cojocar | Silvia StroescuAura Andreea MunteanuCătălina PonorSandra IzbaşaSteliana NistorAna PorgrasLarisa IordacheSilviana SfiringuIoana StanciulescuSilviana Sfiringu