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Simona Pauca is one of the few examples of a one-hit wonder in WAG. As a junior she put up modest results indicative of a WAG who could possibly represent Romania at the Olympics, but only as a minor member of the team. Pauca would do far more than that. Pauca ended up winning two gold medals and a bronze in the AA.
Pauca left the sport shortly after the 1984 Olympics. In her career Simona participated in just one major competition. Her entire career spanned just three years starting with her debut in a major junior level competition, to her final appearance as a senior. And yet, her status as an Olympic AA medalist makes her an icon of the sport.
World Championships & Olympic Competition:
Druzhba: 2nd-Team, 10th-AA, 7th-BB, 4th-FX,
Romanian Championships: 5th-AA, 2nd-BB
Balkan Championships: 1st-AA, 1st-UB, 1st-FX
Hungarian International: 3rd-VT, 3rd-BB
Druzhba: 2nd Team, 5th-AA, 4th-VT, 6th-UB
Romanian Championships: 5th-AA
Romanian Championships: 3rd-AA
Gander Memorial: 1st-AA
Cottbus International: 3rd-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-BB, 1st-FX
DTB Cup: 3rd-AA
Olympic Games: 1st-Team, 3rd-AA, 1st-BB
Results are taken from Score for Score, The Gymternet, GymnasticGreats, My Meet Scores, Gymn-Forum, the official websites of various national gymnastics federations, newspaper clippings, classic gymnastics magazines, and in some cases, were provided by the gymnasts themselves. An explanation for the meaning of these symbols can be found here.