Romania at the Olympics

The European nation Romania first plunged in the Summer Olympic Games in 1900 with just one athlete. The nation’s National Olympic Committee is the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee which was established and acknowledged in 1914.

Romania didn’t join in both the Summer Olympic Games and the Winter Olympic Games just twice. Interestingly, Romania was the only nation in the Eastern Bloc that took part at the 1984 Summer Olympics. The country’s decision to participate in the Games was fruitful after all as it collected a total of 53 medals total (20 of them gold).

So far gymnastics is the number one source of medals for the country. Romania has captured the second highest combined number of medals won (after Hungary) of countries that haven’t hosted the Games just yet.

Romania had qualified in the women’s team all-around event in gymnastics from 1972 to 2012. The nation had won medals in this event at every Olympiad it participated from 1976 to 2012.

The most popular gymnast of all-time and the only athlete to register a perfect score in the sport of gymnastics, Nadia Comaneci is the most decorated Romanian athlete and one of the legends of the Olympics with nine medals (five of them are gold). Other Romanian athletes who collected five gold medals are female rowers Elisabeta Lipa (1984 to 2004) and Georgita Damian (2000 to 2008).



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