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Larisa Iordache is a gymnast competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for Romania.
She is the 2012 American Cup bronze medalist.

Larisa Iordache says her goal is to become an Olympic champion in both the all-around and team competition. The Romanian team won the bronze medal at the2008 Olympics, but will take on talented teams from the U.S., Russia, and China for just three spots on the London podium in 2012.

She made her senior international debut at the American Cup at Madison Square Garden in March. Iordache hit four-for-four and took home the bronze medal behind Americans Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman. She earned the highest score on balance beam.

The young talent from Romania is often compared to her idol, Nadia Comaneci, the 1976 Olympic all-around champion. "I feel honored to be compared to Nadia, but every gymnast has her own qualities and every gymnast is good enough on her own and doesn't have to be compared to anyone," Iordache says. When asked about Olympic all-around favorite Jordyn Wieber, she said the American is unique — just like Nadia is unique and she herself is unique. They cannot be compared.

Iordache is the top all-around gymnast from Romania and is especially strong on balance beam and floor. She says her goal is to improve on the uneven bars and vault.

She began gymnastics at age 5 after watching it on TV. Larisa was already taking ballet, but wanted to try gymnastics. Iordache's mother, Adriana, was not on board with the sport right away — it was her grandmother who took Larisa to her first event. Her brother, Razvan, is five years older and plays soccer. Both her parents were involved sports — her mother played handball and her father, soccer.

In her limited free time she enjoys playing Angry Birds on her iPad, playing on her Wii, and responding to fan letters. Her favorite subjects in school include math and sports classes.




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Age: 20 years old
Birthday: June 19, 1996
Height: 4' 11"
Weight: 82 lbs.
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Current Residence: Bucharest, Romania


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