Meet Catalina Ponor, a Romanian gymnast who was in the national team which won the gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics. See photos, video and a biography of Catalina Ponor here.
Catalina won not one but three gold medals during the Athens Olympics. She won in whatever she was entered and the Romanian team, also including Oana Ban, Monica Rosu, Silvia Stroescu, Daniela Sofronie and Alexandra Eremia, won almost four golds, one silver and one bronze in the total six gymnastics events.
As a biography, Catalina Ponor was born on August 20, 1987 in Constanţa, Romania so her age is 21. She was discovered by two national team coaches while she was training in her home town. Her professional journey began after moving to Deva, the site for the training of the National Team.
She won the 2004 World Championships and World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She also captured three golds at the European Championships after which she was selected for the Olympics team.
Athens Olympics turned her life completely. The prodigy was no longer hidden and she was being hailed as one of best gymnasts in the history. She beat all-round champion Carly Patterson on her favorite apparatus with a score, which was the highest in the entire Olympics.
Catalina heralded the year with the World Cup Final win in Birmingham.
Her later achievements include the 2007 European Championships gold and a team bronze at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She was also the first gymnast to grab three consecutive European beam titles.
Ponor retired in December 2007, citing injury concerns.
More photos and a video of Catalina Ponor are below.