(born November 13, 1960 in Reşiţa
) is a retired Romanian gymnast
who competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics
. She currently coaches U.S. Junior National Team member Sabrina Vega
Ungureanu began gymnastics at the age of six. She trained in Bucharest
until she was twelve, when she joined the gymnastics school run by Béla Károlyi
and his wife Marta
. At her first Romanian National Championships, in 1971, she placed first in the all-around in the children's division.
While Ungureanu was a skilled athlete, medalling at various World Cup and international events, she was frequently overshadowed by her more celebrated teammate Nadia Comăneci
. She placed second to Comaneci at various events, including the Romanian Nationals. At the 1976 Summer Olympics
, Ungureanu barely missed an all-around bronze, finishing fourth. She did win two individual medals in the event finals; a bronze on the balance beam
and a silver on the uneven bars
, and shared in the team's silver medal.
Ungureau's final meet was the 1979 World University Games
, where she finished first in the all-around. Following her retirement, she married Romanian gymnast Sorin Cepoi
and began working with the Troup Cornea
travelling circus. She and her husband eventually moved to France, where they coached for eight years before going to America in 1993.
Currently, Ungureanu and her husband run Dynamic Gymnastics club in Westchester, New York. She is also rated as an International Gymnastics Official and... Read More