Biography of Raluca Haidu

Raluca Oana Haidu (b. November 20, 1994, in Petroşani, Romania) is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a European bronze medalist on beam and with the team.[1][2] She placed fourth with the team and ninth in the women's all around at the 2010 World Championships.

Early life and career

She started to train for gymnastics at CSS Deva sports club. She was one of the main characters of a 2004 TV documentary ("The secret of Deva") about the life of gymnasts in Deva's famous sports boarding school.[3] This documentary, directed by Anca Miruna Lazarescu, received several awards at prestigious international film festivals.[4] Haidu had a promising junior career medaling at various international competitions. For example, she won bronze on floor and with the team at the 10th European Youth Olympic Festival.[5][6]

Senior career

Her senior debut at a major international event was at the 2010 European Championships. Here she contributed to the team bronze medal by competing on all four events.[7] Individually, she won bronze on balance beam.[2] In October she was selected in the national team to compete at the 2010 World Championships. Here she helped her team qualify in the fourth position by competing on all four events (balance beam, vault, beam and uneven bars).[8] Individually, she qualified in the all around event (twelve place). She ended her first world championships experience by placing fourth with the team and ninth all around.[9] At the 2011 Glasgow World Cup, Haidu placed in third with a score of 52.432.[10]

References

  1. International Gymnast Magazine Russian women reclaim European title, by Amanda Turner, May 1, 2010
  2. a b International Gymnast Magazine Tweddle, Russia bid golden farewell to Birmingham, by Amanda Turner, May 2, 2010
  3. IMDB "The secret of Deva" at IMDB.com
  4. Kloos & Co Medien GmbH The secrets of Deva
  5. International Gymnast Magazine Komova, Belyavsky win EYOF all around titles, by Amanda Turner, July 23, 2010
  6. Gymnastics Results 10th European Youth Olympic Festival
  7. International Gymnast Magazine Russia women reclaim European title, by Amanda Turner, May 01, 2010
  8. International Gymnast Magazine Russia on top as qualifications conclude, by Amanda Turner, October 17, 2010
  9. International Gymnast Magazine Schedule, start lists, and results, October 2010
  10. Glasgow 2011 Results FIG ART World Cup 2011, Glasgow (GBR) 2011 Apr 14-17, Artistic Gymnastics Results, Men and Women

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