Romanian gymnast Larisa Iordache was a 2012 Olympian
, a three-time medalist at the 2012 Europeans, and a four-time medalist at the 2013 Europeans. She's expected to be a a leader of the Romanian team in the years to come.
Hints of Greatness in 2010:
Iordache served notice that she was an up-and-coming star at the 2010 junior European Championships. She earned bronze in the all-around behind Russia's Viktoria Komova
and Anastasia Grishina, and won gold on floor and silver on beam in event finals.
Later the same year, Iordache won the Romanian junior nationals by almost four points over second-place finisher Diana Bulimar. She had the highest score on each event as well, and her 58.40 would have placed her ahead of senior all-around champion Ana Porgras.
Iordache and the Romanian team excelled at the European Championships in April of 2012, winning team gold for the first time since 2008. Though no all-around was contested, Iordache had the second-highest all-around total of the day in team finals despite a miss on beam, and she won the gold on floor and silver on beam in event finals.
Iordache was primed to be one of the all-around medal contenders, as well as a potential beam and floor medalist at the 2012 Olympics, but was hindered by plantar fasciitis during the Games. Though she was able to compete, she had a disappointing meet overall
. She placed ninth in the all-around
and sixth on beam, and failed to qualify to the floor finals. She did help the Romanian team to a third-place finish overall, behind the US and Russia.
Back in 2013:
Iordache returned to competition injury-free in 2013, and won the all-around silver medal at the 2013 European Championships in April. In the individual event finals, Iordache medaled in three out of the four events, taking second on vault and floor and first on beam. (Watch Iordache on beam in finals
Larisa Iordache was born June 19, 1996 in Bucharest, Romania. She started gymnastics at age four and a half at the CSS Dinamo Club in Bucharest, and became a member of the junior national team in 2008. She now trains at the Romanian national training center in Deva. Her current coaches are Mariana Bitang, Octavian Bellu, Lucian Sandu, and Marius Vintilă.
Iordache names beam and floor as her favorite events in gymnastics.
- 2013 European Championships: 2nd all-around; 2nd vault; 1st beam; 2nd floor
- 2012 Olympic Games: 3rd team; 9th all-around; 6th beam
- 2012 European Championships: 1st team; 2nd beam; 1st floor
- 2012 American Cup: 3rd all-around; 3rd vault; 3rd bars (tie); 1st beam; 3rd floor
- 2010 European Championships (Junior Division): 3rd all-around; 2nd beam; 1st floor