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Catalina Ponor Falls Twice On Beam At Nationals Despite History of Consistency

Photo by Jeni Hull Romania's Catalina Ponor has always been known as a rock solid competitor. Simply, falls have never been in her ...

Photo by Jeni Hull

Romania's Catalina Ponor has always been known as a rock solid competitor. Simply, falls have never been in her dictionary especially on her strongest apparatus.

But things changed, starting from last year.

The veteran gymnast, who turned senior in 2003, had her first fall ever in a competition on vault at the Olympic test event. It looks like she was aiming at a full twisting Yurchenko but under-rotated it and landed after 3/4 twist which caused the falling.






Later that year, she had her first fall ever on balance beam, the apparatus she has always been known for being solid on. The fall took place at National championships. She fell on her double turn below horizontal.





At the most recent National championships, Catalina added two more falls on her resume. 

She had a fall on her Onodi 


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and on her split ring jump.


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A fall has been costing a full point since 2009.

But still, for such a long career, only having four falls in her entire career is something to admire.

Ponor turned senior in 2003. On balance beam, she is the 2004 Olympic champion, 2003 World silver medalist, 2005 World bronze medalist, five time European beam champion and 2016 European beam medalist.

On floor, she is the 2004 Olympic champion, 2003 World silver medalist, 2004 European champion, 2006 and 2012 European silver medalist and 2016 European bronze medalist.

Ponor first announced her retirement in 2006 then made a brief comeback in 2007. She made a comeback in 2011 and retired after the London Olympics. Her last comeback was in 2015.

Written by Gigi Farid

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