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Romanian Star Ana Porgras Calls it Quits
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Former world balance beam champion Ana Porgras has called it quits, dealing a blow to the Romanian team's medal hopes at this summer's Olympic Games in London.

2010 world balance beam champion Ana Porgras has decided to retire from gymnastics, dealing a blow to the Romanian team's medal hopes at this summer's Olympic Games in London.

The 18-year-old star has called it quits due to repeated injuries, said Adrian Stoica, president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation.

Porgras has been Romania's most successful gymnast so far this quadrennium, winning a bronze medal on uneven bars at the 2009 World Championships and the gold medal on balance beam at the 2010 Worlds. She won three consecutive Romanian national titles from 2009-2011, and earned the Longines Prize of Elegance at the 2011 Worlds.

The elegant Porgras suffered a broken ankle in 2010, and struggled through much of 2011. She injured her elbow in December during a training camp in France, and decided not to continue.

"Ana has suffered some minor injuries in her career so far, nothing serious, but still made the final decision to no longer engage in this sport," Stoica said. "She had small health problems and has gained weight. I think she could continue, but it's a personal matter. You cannot force someone to do a job like that."

The Romanian women have failed to win a team medal at the past two world championships, but were expected to regroup to challenge the top teams in London. Porgras was expected to contribute particularly on uneven bars, the Romanian women's Achilles' heel.

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dragonair said:

oh no, this is such a sad news...I'm shocked that she couldn't at least try to compete at the olympics and retire after that (or not retire if she medal there and it motivates her), I mean competing at the olympics is once in a lifetime opportunity for most gymnasts.
she was the gymnast I was looking forward to see the most at the olympics.
this is such a huge loss to this sport.

ana - you will definitely be missed a lot, your artistry was such a refreshing thing in nowadays' (mostly ugly) gymnastics.
January 16, 2012
Votes: +8

Margaret Tudor said:

Good luck Ana. :*(
This was heartbreaking news to wake up to this morning. Ana was for sure one of the gifted gymnasts I was looking forward to at the Olympics.
No matter what I will always believe that Belu and Bitang once again have crushed a gifted star under ala Marinescu, Cojocar, and Munteanu.

Good bye Ana-and the very best of luck in all of your future endeavors.
You will be missed in gymnastics. :*(
January 16, 2012
Votes: +12

ChainChomp2 said:

First Kaeslin and now her...she had every chance to be an AA contender but they didn't say how severe her elbow injury is! I can't think of anyone who could possibly replace her...
January 17, 2012
Votes: +7

DowisK said:

This is a huge blow for Romanian Gymnastics, too bad she couldn't hold on until after the Olympics which is less than 200 days away. This is very unfortuante considering she would have been a contender for the AA and on events like the Balance Beam. This is such saddening news.
January 17, 2012
Votes: +2

JessL said:

Absolutely devastating. One of a handful of gymnasts today that truly captivate the viewer. Her artistry, skill and presence will be missed. Not to mention those 'to die for' leaps. We need more Ana's on the world stage. Good luck Ana!
January 17, 2012
Votes: +6

Jollybarb said:

Very sad news for gymnastics lovers. Ana was one of the most beautiful gymnasts to watch and I will miss her in London. I was expecting Ana to qualify to BB and FX finals and seriously challenge for gold on both apparatus. There is no comment about exactly how bad the injury is.
It seems the new code, with its emphasis on difficulty is acting as a deterrent to gymnasts who are more naturally artistic and less naturally strong...and it seems, more prone to injury. Can this problem be fixed, please?
January 18, 2012
Votes: +5

Vicki said:

That's too bad. She is such a wonderful gymnast. I hope she changes her mind. Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Perhaps Romania needs to put more emphasis on revamping their gymnasts' enthusiasm than on winning medals (which puts too much pressure on them).
January 21, 2012
Votes: +6

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