Perhaps the greatest gymnast to have never won an AA title at the Olympics or World Championships, Daniela Silivas was one of the most dominant gymnasts of the 1980s. She won a medal on every event at the 1988 Olympics. Other than Simone Biles at the 2018 World Championships, no other gymnast has accomplished such a feat in the last 30 years.
Daniela did manage to win the AA at the 1987 European Championships. It was an impressive result considering both her medal haul and winning in spite of the competition being held in Moscow. At the 1989 World Championships Silivas was a heavy medal favorite after qualifying but a fall on beam left her in 12th place.
Like other veteran Romanian national team members, the resulting instability of the 1989 Romanian Revolution ushered Silivas into retirement. During her career Silivas scored a perfect 10 on 18 occasions. This is a gymnastics record and Silivas has more perfect 10s than any other gymnast even with Olga Mostepanova’s 1984 Alternate Olympics being counted.
This bio page is still a work in progress. A list of her full results will eventually be added here.