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. 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. This documentary, directed by Anca Miruna Lazarescu, received several awards at prestigious international film festivals. 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.
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. Individually, she won bronze on balance beam. 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). 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. At the 2011 Glasgow World Cup, Haidu placed in third with a score of 52.432.
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