May 3 1976
Vanda Hădărean (b. May 3, 1976 in Cluj-Napoca) is a retired Romanian artistic gymnast who represented Romania at the 1991 Indianapolis World Championships and the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.
Early Life and Career
Hădărean started gymnastics when she was 5 years old after a local coach saw her playing at a park and thought she had talent and potential. When she was 13 years old she moved to Onesti to train as a member of the junior national team. While she was a junior, Hădărean won the all-around and uneven bars gold medals at the 1991 Junior European Championships.
Hădărean was selected to compete at the 1991 World Championships in Indianapolis. Here she helped the Romanian team win a bronze medal in the team competition behind the Soviet Union and the United States. In 1992 Hădărean competed at the European Championships and won an individual bronze medal in the all-around behind Tatiana Gutsu and her teammate Gina Gogean. She also advanced to the the uneven bars and floor exercise finals but did not medal. Later in the year Hădărean made the Romanian Olympic team. She helped the team win a silver medal in the team competition. Despite placing 11th in the all-around during qualifications Hădărean did not advance to the all-around because of the then three-per-country rule. She did not advance to any other individual finals. Hădărean retired from elite gymnastics in 1994.
After retiring from gymnastics, she briefly attended a sports university. Hădărean took a coaching position iat Mountain Star Gymnastics in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She later moved to Texas where she coached at Moceanu Gymnastics and then briefly to South Carolina to coach at Golden Strip Gymnastics. Hădărean moved back to Romania and started working at an aerobics company in her hometown of Cluj-Napoca. In 2000 she returned to Mountain Star Gymnastics and then in 2001 moved to coach in Ottawa. In 2005 she made her debut as a fitness competitor and went on to win numerous titles including four-consecutive Ms. World Fitness titles.
|1991||Arthur Gander Memorial||3rd|
|Junior European Championships||1st||1st||6||4|
|Indianapolis World Championships||3rd|
|Nantes European Championships||3rd||6||7|
|Barcelona Olympic Games||2nd|
|1993||McDonald's American Cup||6|
1991 - "Carmen Suite" by Bizet and "Concierto di Aranjuez"
|European Junior All-Around Champions|
|Emilia Eberle • Ecaterina Szabo • Elena Zabrodina | Irina Baraksanova • Svetlana Boginskaya • Svetlana Ivanova • Vanda Hădărean • Elodie Lussac • Alexandra Marinescu • Anna Kovalyova • Sabina Cojocar • Anna Pavlova • Steliana Nistor • Daria Elizarova • Viktoria Komova • Enus Mariani • Angelina Melnikova • Elena Eremina • Giorgia Villa • Ana Maria Bărbosu|
|European Junior Uneven Bars Champions|
|Emilia Eberle • Natalia Ponomarenko • Bettina Schieferdecker • Irina Baraksanova • Aurelia Dobre • Svetlana Ivanova • Vanda Hădărean • Andreea Cacovean | Elodie Lussac • Isabelle Severino • Elvire Teza • Tatyana Yarosh • Anna Pavlova • Alina Kozich • Rhian Pugh • Karina Myasnikova • Anastasia Grishina • Sophie Scheder • Daria Skrypnik • Anastasiya Ilyankova • Ksenia Klimenko • Ana Maria Bărbosu|