|Full Name||Ecaterina Szabo|
|Profession / Role||Artistic Gymnast|
|Date of Birth||22 Jan, 1967|
|Place of Birth||Zagon, Romania|
Born to ethnic Hungarian parents, Ecaterina Szabo is a former artistic gymnast from Romania. She has won more than 20 medals in international competitions and was the most decorated athlete at the 1984 Olympic Games. She also led the Romanian team in winning the 1987 World Championships title, defeating the team of the USSR for only the second time in the Championships’ history.
Initially, she was named Katalin but had to change it to Ecaterina to hide her Hungarian background as the Romanian Government wished so. She began practising gymnastics in 1973 and got major success in her junior career. Her first senior international title came in 1983 at the European Championships. She enjoyed huge success at the 1984 Olympic Games and was widely regarded as "the next Nadia”, after Nadia Comăneci.
With her excellent skills showing flexibility, technique and creativity, she was rewarded with 17 perfect ten scores between 1983 and 1984. She took retirement in 1987 and went on to complete her study of physical and sports education, and worked as a coach afterwards.
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